Education is one of those universal fields that can make use of literally anything in order to explain things. For example, if necessary, you can perform a history lesson with hand shadows to drive the point home.
Education is also happened to be the field where the use of modern technology is required to deliver the best possible learning experience. The combination of these two factors makes the implementation of augmented reality application into the learning process seem to be like a surefire decision.
According to The App Solutions study, Augmented Reality technology presents an opportunity for the Learning process to become more effective for teachers and more engaging for students.
Why AR is a viable option for Education?
The reason why AR can be so beneficial to the education process lies in the very nature of AR. The thing is – Augmented reality technology is designed to amplify the existing working procedures.
The purpose of AR is to expand upon the available material by bringing more information to the surface in a convenient form of floating comments, animated sequences or interactive models.
Here are five ways Augmented reality can make the learning experience better.
1 Expansion of the Learning Process
One of the major issues of the learning process is its disengaged, routine nature. It is passive and that is a big turn-off for many students.
Augmented Reality is able to expand the learning process beyond the passive perception of information transmitted by the teacher or as read in the textbook.
AR application can provide a wide array of tools that will make the process of understanding of the concepts and its mechanics far easier and more interactive (more on that below).
For example, AR can show the inner workings of the human body in a more detailed manner. On the other hand, AR can provide floating commentary on the subject in addition to the main narrative delivered by the teacher.
2 Practical Interactive Learning
The other way Augmented reality contributes to the learning process is by adding more practical and interactive aspect to the process.
Instead of a simple passive perception of the material, students can directly interact with it – make models, test out scenarios and visualize abstract concepts.
This works miracles with the perception of information as the AR experience leaves a bigger impact and allows to lay down the knowledge in a more tangent manner.
This can be exemplified by apps like AugmentEducation which provides a wide array of tools to expand the learning experience beyond the walls of the classroom.
3 Increased Engagement
Probably the biggest benefit of implementing AR to the learning process is the increase of engagement it brings.
The thing is -learning can be boring at times, especially if the only thing one must do is to listen and read all the time. However, with the increased interactivity and more detailed delivery, the engagement into the learning process can be deeper and consistent.
It is one thing when you need to read about the structure of the atom and the way it works and it is a completely different thing when you tweak yourself on your desk.
4 Inclusivity for Special People
Students with disabilities and impairments have many road blocks in the education system. Because of their condition or lack of mobility, the delivery of the learning material is often complicated.
However, with the implementation of AR solutions, impaired students can be more fully integrated into the learning process.
For example,there can be an AR-induced sign language translation of the speech for the hearing impaired based on pattern recognition. There is even a device that can make the process work both ways – SignAloud gloves. The same thing can be done for near-sighted students with apps like Near Sighted VR Augmented Aid.
5 Available Anywhere
Believe it or not, but some areas on our planet have troubles with the physical presence of the teaching personnel. They simply can’t get there for a variety of reasons.Whether it is because of the off-reach nature of the territory or complicated socio-political situation or simply lack of personnel – AR can solve this problem.
There are several reasons for that.
- There is no need for specific gear – in order to use AR one only needs a smartphone or tablet PC.
- AR allows to imitate the presence of the teacher and make the more engaging connection. Combined with conferencing application – this may be rather a competent recreation of the classroom experience.
The use of augmented reality in the learning process opens up many opportunities to explore. Each of them can present a unique challenge that will result in an overall improvement of the technology.
On the other hand, use of AR can make the learning process more efficient in accomplishing its mission – teaching students about certain concepts and how to apply them on practice.