Enhancing the Comprehensibility of Palm Oil Knowledge Using Augmented Reality

Conference: The Barcelona Conference on Education (BCE2022)
Title: Enhancing the Comprehensibility of Palm Oil Knowledge Using Augmented Reality
Stream: Learning Experiences, Student Learning & Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation
Azianura Hani Shaari, The National University of Malaysia, Malaysia


Even though oil palm trees have been in Malaysia since 1870s, knowledge on its benefits should be constantly reinforced among youngsters, especially those living in urban areas. Palm oil education is important in Malaysia because this lucrative industry not only spurs economic growth, but provides employment opportunities and wealth creation. The present project aims to develop an online platform that provides stages of knowledge and exposure on oil palm trees for school students in Malaysia. Based on Constructivism theory, the present study also aims to highlight the advantages of augmented reality (AR) as an interactive learning platform that provides a real-world experience for young learners, guided by computer-generated perceptual information. The project was divided into two stages: (1) a development of a mobile augmented reality and multimedia application for palm oil education (preliminary stage) known as MAYA SAWIT AR, and (2) the assessment on the effectiveness of the application in increasing students’ understanding of the basic structure of oil palm trees in Malaysia. The application assessment was made through a feedback form, that was prepared based on several elements of Constructivism and Reading Systems Framework. The AR application was shared with 30 students who downloaded, explored and learned from the app, before responding to the feedback form. The findings indicate some positive outcomes. The development of MAYA SAWIT AR that focuses on the combination of inputs from learners’ senses,existing knowledge and new information in producing new meaning has proven to enhance their knowledge comprehensibility through reflextive learning materials.

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