Augmented Reality And Its Uses: Education And Training

Oct 7, 2020

3 min read

There are many different ways for people to be educated and trained with regard to specific information and skills they need. These methods include classroom lectures with textbooks, computers, handheld devices, and other electronic appliances. But what if you consider augmented reality as one of them?

 Augmented reality, while not necessarily a new technology, is becoming more well-known and gaining some momentum in medical education through Google Glass and Microsoft’s HoloLens. Not only can augmented reality aid in student education, but it also can impact your business through its ability to enhance any kind of training.

This technology is able to promote ‘active’ training, both in the psychological and physical sense. It encourages the users to take on diverse thinking perspectives, which should prepare them better for their other day-to-day activities.

Prototypes, physical models, and detailed illustrations and posters are all extremely expensive.  More often than not, schools do not have enough money to buy all the supplementary learning materials they would like.  Further, these learning materials get worn down, lose their relevance, and get misplaced over time.

With Augmented Reality, you do not have to invest in physical materials.  Students can access models from any device at any time.  Whether they are at home or in the classroom, your students can study and interact with the course materials.

In corporate venues, AR is a collaborative, skill-learning, explainable, and guidable tool for workers, managers, and customers. Also businesses have a better environment than those of educational settings regarding the ability to maintain the costs and support of AR applications. Many corporations are interested in employing AR for the design and the recognition of their products’ physical parts.

It is now possible with advanced Augmented Reality Applications to provide more authentic learning and engage learners in ways that were never possible before. Each student can have their own unique discovery path through real-life immersive simulations, with no time pressure and no real consequences if mistakes are made during skills training.

AR can be integrated across a wide variety of employee roles particularly useful where simulation, training and skills development are required. Of particular interest is rapid take-up of mobile wearable technologies that complement or build upon information systems supporting augmented reality such as Google Glass.

Take a look at this short YouTube video which focusses on Google Glass and Augmented Reality’s Future.

How can Augmented Reality benefit your business?

AR is of most benefit to an organisation that is seeking:

  • an enhancement of business process to gain maximum efficiency and productivity
  • an engagement of employees directly with business information systems

  • innovation to catalyse new processes and collaboration between business areas
  • optimisation of existing data for reuse in an effective manner

  • simplification of otherwise process heavy current processes
  • new methods to approach existing systems and solutions.

How can Augmented Reality benefit education?

Examples of AR in education & training settings include:

  • Industry specific applications across the oil and gas sector
  • Operations management in the mining sector

  • Training and development in the aviation sector
  • Professional development and upskilling in the trades sector.

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