While learning is fun in itself, some classes can bore even the most curious person out there. And let’s say it, when you’re bored, the last thing you want to do is to actually understand something.
With many schools and universities still using remote education in many countries, engagement is more important than ever to maintain the quality of education.
Augmented reality helps teachers stimulate students’ interest by providing them with immersive visual experiences.
Google is developing its AR capabilities full-throttle. With the company’s Google for Education initiative, educators can use several 3D models to help students better understand concepts and retain knowledge.
Interestingly, researchers found that “Anatomy 4D mobile application was better able to hold the attention of the students than the anatomy notes.”
By leveraging augmented reality, students can receive practical experience in multiple fields in a simulated learning environment.
AR Facilitates the Understanding of Difficult Concepts
Augmented reality can help students understand difficult and abstract concepts. For example, how the human digestive system looks and works like.
On a bigger scale, the enormity of the universe and our own solar system are difficult to comprehend, but augmented reality lets students get a more immersive view of such gargantuan structures.
Augmented reality lets students experience and understand scientific phenomena without actually running experiments.
For example, various chemical reactions are too dangerous to run in the classroom. By bringing these experiments into a tangible virtual environment, AR gives students access to many topics beyond reach.
Another way augmented reality makes learning immersive is by letting students manipulate objects and experience the resulting reactions and phenomena.
This way, students gain a better conceptual understanding of topics that could otherwise be inaccessible to them.
Augmented Reality Improves Learning Performance
Augmented reality helps students learn new concepts faster and more effectively.
For example, in a study evaluating zSpace, an AR/VR learning solution, researchers found that it was easier for students to understand concepts better when augmented reality was involved.
zSpace is a comprehensive solution built to create immersive classrooms for experiential learning. Using zSpace, educators can prepare custom learning material enriched with advanced augmented reality elements.
With tools such as zSpace, educators can craft curriculums in a way that makes it easier and faster for students to absorb information.
Medical students and engineers can perform procedures on virtual objects to practice their skills and gain the necessary knowledge.
AR Adds Context to Lessons
For history teachers, it can be tricky to maintain a seamless experience for students for the duration of the whole lesson.
Without an easily relatable context, students usually pore over dates and time periods — tangible visual material could help them digest the lesson better.
For example, when talking about hieroglyphs or historical structures, educators can render the object right in the classroom, and then deliver the lesson.
Building Immersive Homework with AR
Not all students are equally eager to do their homework. Some need a little more incentive.
Augmented reality helps make workbooks and textbooks more interesting by letting students engage in immersive 3D renderings of studied concepts.
Augmented Reality is an Affordable Way to Innovate and Amplify the Learning Experience
The current technology and tools available to render AR experiences are affordable, and most students have them in their pockets. On the other hand, the more sophisticated AR solutions such as headsets are getting cheaper every year.
AR-enhanced classes can also be delivered through iPads or tablets provided by the school to groups of students, which further facilitates adoption.
Regardless of the device, lessons enriched with augmented reality increase student engagement, motivation, satisfaction, and commitment.
With decreasing costs and increasing adoption, augmented reality might be a valuable tool for educators, making the lessons more interesting and the learning process more effective.
Contact us to learn how augmented reality can amplify training for your students or employees.
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