In the digital era, new technologies like Augmented Reality (AR) have started to play a key role in several sectors. Education is one of the most permeable and influenced. Since students have more and more access to loads of information, traditional lectures are just not enough for fostering their motivation and curiosity.
Here are some of the benefits we believe the adoption of AR has for education and training:
- Motivation– It has been proven by several researchers that “students and trainees can strengthen their motivation for learning and enhance their educational realism-based practices with virtual and Augmented Reality (AR)”. According to some other authors, “AR has the potential to have learners more engaged and motivated in discovering resources and applying them to the real world from a variety of diverse perspectives that have never been implemented in the real world”.
- Foster Intellectual Curiosity and Teamwork– New technologies are critical in the digital era and a real passion for most students. Traditional educational models are outdated, now AR and other technologies enable students to lead their own learning. Teachers can improve students’ stimulation and make them more willing to discover and think critically about the world around them. AR technology allows teachers and students to collaborate.
- Higher retention– AR enables students to experience a different learning cycle enabling them to retain more knowledge longer. By scanning with a mobile device, students can access augmented models representing anything from the human anatomy, a molecule (augmented biology) or a famous monument. To complete the cycle, they can access websites directly from the Augment’s app and receive more information visually.
- Manual Skills Training– According to some studies, Augmented Reality (AR) is a good technology for training in the field of maintenance and assembly. Instructions or location-dependent information can be directly linked and/or attached to physical objects. Another advantage is that AR-based training takes place with the real physical devices. The trainee practices the real use of the tools. Source: Soldamatic http://www.soldamatic.com/en/four-benefits-augmented-reality-training/