Augmented and Virtual Reality in Education
Revolutionizing the Way We Transfer Knowledge
A quick overview of the technologies reveals many organizations across a range of industries use augmented and virtual reality in education, mainly to train employees.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise. With VR and AR, employees can simulate many potential scenarios they might encounter at work. They can also participate in training sessions essentially from their own homes. This reduces the amount of time, money, and resources needed to offer employee training.
Thus, it’s easy to imagine how these technologies might improve education in general. This is in fact already occurring. As the following examples demonstrate, using augmented and virtual reality in education is a growing trend. They also indicate how AR and VR technologies will pertain in the future.
Virtual Reality In Education: Making Learning Dynamic
Anyone who has ever stepped foot in a training room knows that not all attendees are eager to be there. Getting trainees interested in the subject matter is one of the greatest challenges teachers face on a regular basis.
That’s why many try to use dynamic methods to make the material they’re teaching more appealing. However, these “dynamic” methods often come in the form of videos or similar media.
This isn’t always ideal. Although a video can sometimes make a subject more interesting to a bored student, the student still consumes it passively. They don’t get to actively participate in the lesson. As a result, the material is less likely to truly engage them.
That’s not a problem with virtual reality. For example, one company has reportedly reached more than 6 million students with its VR experiences. These are designed to supplement a lesson by inserting students into virtual worlds. Instead of learning about volcanoes, students can “travel” to an active volcano through a VR headset. It’s no surprise many report finding this to be more engaging than simply listening to a teacher speak about an otherwise dry subject.
It’s important that educators keep this in mind. According to a recent Gallup poll, 50% of American students chose the word “bored” when asked to choose the adjective that best describes how they feel when they’re at school. Virtual reality in education has the potential to change that.
Augmented Reality in Education: Improving Lessons at Universities
AR and VR technology aren’t merely transforming public schools. They also have many potential applications in higher education as well.
Again, many organizations use AR and VR for training employees. This is partially because these technologies help to simplify complex processes.
For instance, surgery certainly qualifies as a complex process. That’s why it’s important that surgeons get as many opportunities as possible to train. Unfortunately, until recently, getting those frequent opportunities was a challenge. That’s because surgeons usually train on cadavers and models. If a medical school has a limited supply, surgeons only have limited training opportunities.
That’s fortunately no longer the case. Throughout the globe, many medical schools and teaching hospitals have embraced AR surgeon training programs. These allow surgeons to learn complex procedures in a way that’s far less resource-intensive than traditional methods.
Surgeons in training aren’t the only students benefiting from augmented and virtual reality in education. At Pennsylvania State University, Altoona, students on track to become future railroad engineers now have the opportunity to learn to complete complex tasks, such as railroad welding and track work, in a virtual environment using virtual tools. While this doesn’t replace actual field work, it does give them more opportunities to train than they would otherwise have.
Facilitating Remote Education with Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality
These examples illustrate just some of the ways educators are leveraging AR and VR tech. However, it’s also important to consider future potential applications. To an increasing degree, many in the education field believe these innovations could be used to facilitate remote education. If a student can’t physically attend class for any reason, they may still be able to “attend” class virtually. Additionally, a student who may be interested in a class that isn’t offered in their area could still enroll in such a course if they could attend it with VR.
Clearly, the role of augmented and virtual reality in education is already quite valuable. The significance of these tools in education will only grow larger as more educators recognize their potential.
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