The fourth learning activity was supposed to take place in Portugal in March 2020, led by the local partner Escola Profissional Cristóvão Colombo. Due to the Coronavirus outbreak and consequent restrictions to mobility, it was rescheduled. A first series of online activities took place on Zoom in July 2020, whereas the proper learning activity was organized using Zoom and Slack one year later thanks to the project extension. The Cheritage partnership therefore met online from 27 May to 4 June 2021 for 7 days of trainings, workshops, tests, demonstrations and debates that focused on the following topics:
The learning activity opened with the review of the project in terms of learning objectives and methodologies. Several poster variants were tested in order to select the most impactful templates and colours.
The second day of activities focused on introducing participants to augmented reality and clarifying
the differences between Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) and Mixed Reality (MR). Topics
covered: The Rise Of Technology; Augmented reality vs. Virtual Reality; Introduction to Augmented Reality; Augmented reality – short history; Augmented reality today; Top 5 AR Applications; How Augmented Reality Works; A Beginner’s Guide to AR and AR for cultural heritage promotion.
The third day opened with an introduction to Zappar. Participants were trained in using the ZapWorks tool with the three components: Studio, Designer and Universal AR. They then focused on how to use Zapworks Designer. Finally, they were invited to work in groups on the following topics: Creating their own Zapworks account; Accessing the project Zapworks platform as content creators; Using the various Zappar tools and features.
The fourth day of work focused on assimilating the theoretical and practical knowledge of working
with Zapworks Designer. The participants made their own Zap-codes focusing on the following features: Choose Style; Select Tool; Customize the zapcode. During the meeting, each group worked to edit their own Zap-codes based on the cultural heritage selection previously made.
On the fifth day, the participants were trained in creating the tracking images for the project posters. Software and useful online tools were recommended and advice was given on how to upload the
and analyze the tracking image created. In the second part of the day the participants created virtual content for ZapWorks exploring the following features: Content Options; Image and Photo Album; Video contents; Sound and Text; Insert buttons. They thus created the virtual content for the posters with the ZapCode augmented reality overlay integrated on them.
The sixth day was dedicated to the finalization of the augmented posters in order to create the Cultural
Heritage Portfolio and the Visual Library of Cultural Heritage Gallery. We decided to opt for a carousel presentation for the Visual Gallery, which was then set up on the project website by the Italian partner. Participants were trained in the use of various augmented tools to increase the cultural heritage awareness to a further level using the project methods and AR tools.
The last day of the meeting was dedicated to the strategy for disseminating the project results. Thus,
participants were challenged to discover areas in which augmented reality / Zappar can be
used successfully. Next, the representatives of the partner organizations presented examples of dissemination and knowledge transfer activities carried out during the project.