Augmented Reality in Education and Training

Welcome to the New World!

Education as we know it is soon becoming a thing of the past. A new world is opening up in the form of augmented reality in education and training needs. In no time at all, augmented reality will be the norm in the field of education.

What is augmented reality?

Often spoken about in the same breath as virtual reality or VR, augmented reality or AR is, essentially, “a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a user's view of the real world, thus providing a composite view.”

Augmented Reality in Education and Training

What is driving this change?

With over a billion users set to join the megatrend by 2020, augmented reality takes the leading position in ed tech trends this season. But what is driving such widespread adoption of the technology?

  • Interactivity and Heightened Engagement: Three-dimensional models allow instructors to draw students into the learning process effectively. These AR models may be used to support the lesson plan or be a core part of it. A case in point is the Canadian tech company CASE that used AR to transform the wall of a gym using the addition of an AR layer to it. This essentially enabled the gamification of a physical exercise where students aimed balls at moving shapes.
  • Self-Education: Apps such as Word Lens, the AR-enabled version of Google Translate, allows you to instantly, and may we say quite engagingly, translate road signs, menus, and the like. Imagine how much easier this makes foreign travel. Point, click, receive translation - and you’re done, all in a moment’s work! There are also apps available today that lends you a hand to study the skies.
  • Effective Handling of Abstract Concepts: AR is, by its very nature, equipped to render concepts that are difficult to grasp into 3D models which can be understood more easily. Putting AR to such use helps visual learners in particular. For instance, the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria in Portugal integrates AR into math lessons and students report it as being helpful, easy and interesting.
  • In the Classroom: In our age of distractions, there is an urgent need for education to be absorbing. AR achieves this with panache by making possible animated classroom content. Additional data, a short bio, fun historical facts, and 3D models are all ways to both motivate students to study and give them a broader understanding of the topic at hand.
  • Homework Gets a Facelift: With AR-enabled technology, there is the possibility of scanning pages from books, receiving audio or video tips and instructions from instructors and, all in all, enhanced multimedia communication.
  • For Training Needs: Theoretical knowledge and passive absorption of information often needs to be supplemented with practice and hands-on experience in various fields. AR is equipped to make this possible through simulations, digital modelling, and more.

    Below is a tweet from Viscopic that says how they are experts in immersive training with AR.

    Augmented Reality in Education and Training
  • In Museums: Often, museums don’t have the space or budget to display much information about the pieces displayed. Museum-goers with access to AR on their smartphones can easily interact with objects around them to gather more information about their favourite displays.
  • For medical students: AR allows students of medicine to study human anatomy more closely and deeply. For more details visit here.

Benefits of Using AR in Education

The use of AR in education helps the cause in many ways. It gives anywhere, anytime access to study material and no special equipment whatsoever is required. It also enables higher student interest and engagement, aids collaboration, and makes possible safe workplace training. What’s more, AR can be applied to any learning level too.

We hope this glimpse into the role of AR in education and training has been exciting and informative, folks! On that note, adios!

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