Feb 8, 2020 7 min read
Augmented Reality (AR), was once the hottest trend in the entertainment and the gaming industry. However, in the last few years, AR has taken the world of education by storm as well. With an estimated 1 billion users of the new technology the world over, AR has become one of the most popular tools for educators to connect with students in more meaningful and engaging ways than ever thought possible before.
Let’s take a look how this tool has crossed boundaries and become so indispensable to the Education & Leaning Industry, across the world.
An old saying goes: “Tell me, and I will forget; Show me and I will remember; Involve me, and I will understand”. Experts have long held the opinion that students who are just passive observers or listeners, can never get the same kind of expertise as somebody with a hands-on practice on the topic. By incorporating 3D virtual models in the real-life environment of the student, AR increases learner engagement and significantly enhances the learning experience.
AR can make learning any topic or concept literally come to life. AR has been successfully used to help teach Chemistry to young students, by making a boring and abstract science more fun and engaging. Students can learn about different chemical elements, their names, their properties, and even how they react with other elements right in the palm of their hands. Junior medical students have for a long time been using AR to practice surgical simulations on virtual patients, giving the students much needed practice, without putting actual humans at any risk. Those studying nature and the physical world around us can walk identify and learn about flora and fauna around them, by just pointing their smartphones to the different objects in real life and getting instant information about them. Truly, the applications for incorporating Augmented Reality into E-learning modules are limited only by the imagination.
There is no doubt that the role of Augmented Reality (AR) in E-learning is a crucial one, as it has been consistently proven that AR does a far better job than traditional teaching techniques in keeping students engaged and attentive while learning. It’s a future that is already with us, and students, parents and schools cannot afford to ignore the potential role this amazing technology can play in moulding the great minds of the future.
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