Augmented Reality- Potential Future of Education

Augmented Reality- Potential Future of Education

Kopal Patni

Kopal Patni February 1, 2021

AR has acquired a foothold in educational settings, particularly in developed countries, as an alternative solution to conventional learning experiences as it provides students an immersive, three-dimensional atmosphere with real-world characteristics.

In this new age world where the business landscape is constantly shifting, demand for new technology is skyrocketing. The majority of business operations in 2020 are dependent on technology to operate, these technologies are also constantly evolving to make operations more efficient. One such example is Augmented Reality (AR), which is rapidly emerging as an innovative force in multiple sectors like healthcare, manufacturing, education, automotive, military, retail, gaming, and real state. With the help of AR, businesses are trying to discover new ways of leveraging the digital world to improve the physical world.

Augmented Reality systems are used to bridge the gap between the virtual objects and the real world by superimposing digital illustration on a user’s view in the real world.

In recent years, the education and healthcare sector has seen a significant increase in the use of Augment Reality. Looking at the pace of uptrend in technological advancement, it won’t be wrong to say that AR has a high probability to be the future of pretty much everything.

AR in Education

Augmented Reality in education can soon impact the traditional learning process. AR has the ability to adjust the position and pace of studying by enabling the implementation of new and additional forms and methods. This technology can make classrooms more interactive and more comprehensible. In the classroom, teaching with the help of AR can turn an ordinary class into an interactive experience. Recently, AR in university education has also been widely studied from different perspectives.

AR has acquired a foothold in educational settings, particularly in developed countries, as an alternative solution to conventional learning experiences as it provides students an immersive, three-dimensional atmosphere with real-world characteristics. Besides, this helps students not only encounter the sensation of being present in the world and the opportunity to communicate and objects within it but also to identify elements that respond to behaviors that are not inherently those of the individual. AR has shown to be very useful in studying architecture and healthcare. In a small survey about AR, few architecture students were asked about it and the observations showed how 3D modeling technologies, together with AR can make complex classes of structure more accessible and understandable. In these cases, the resources of AR technologies allow the development of interactive technologies. In combination with immersive applications, the 3D environment rich in data allows easy identification of construction techniques. In medical studies, it makes the teaching of anatomy more engaging and can show layers of the human body without any live example. Surgeons can practice risk-free surgeries without making an incision on the body of the patients.

It is not just limited to medical and architecture but AR covers pretty much every field of study including computer science, history, mathematics, etc. Looking at the current scenario in different fields and its benefits, it is estimated that the global augmented reality market is anticipated to grow noticeably to about 198 billion dollars by 2025. With such significant growth, it makes sense to consider how AR can benefit our daily lives. Another benefit of AR is that it does not need any kind of hardware to perform basic tasks, therefore it can run on smartphones using a dedicated app for the specific category. According to a recent survey, 95 percent of American teenagers have access to smartphones which makes it easier to implement AR for teaching as students are already familiar with the latest technology and can even access basic AR functions on their smartphones without any dedicated device.

Source: https://www.immersivelearning.news/2020/11/06/augmented-reality-potential-future-of-education/

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