Murder of the author: using augmented reality to solve the crime

Tara Ball, St Andrew's Cathedral School

Poster presentation
Wednesday 15 February 2017, 12:30pm - 12:45pm



The poster will focus on a collaborative unit for Detective Fiction with the English department, based around the supposed murder of a visiting author who was found dead in the St Andrew's Cathedral School (SACS) Library during Term 3. The idea of a "Murder in the Library" is not a new one, used to demonstrate the structure of a detective fiction narrative through a crime scene set up in the library. However, it was important to also move beyond the walls of the library and provide students with evidence in the digital space. Using the augmented reality app Aurasma, SACS students could make images come alive with pictures, video and audio. For example, when examining the crime scene, students used Aurasma to analyse fingerprints found, with information appearing on their screens about who owned the fingerprints. As more evidence was released, Aurasma was used to share videos related to the case, including security footage and updates from the lead Detective. The library also posted further clues on the SACS Library Facebook and Instagram accounts to promote new evidence. Overall, students responded very well to the unit, with many giving logical and lengthy accounts of the suspects and their motives. Those students who helped solve the crime also received a prize after the promotion. For more information, see the library blog posts:

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