How AR is transforming learning

29 Apr 2022

In 2022 the global augmented reality training and education industry will grow from $6.27 billion in 2021 to $10.37 billion, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 65.4%. The Pandemic has pushed the education and learning sector to adapt to new ways to reach learners. According to Forbes, visual learners account for 65 percent of the population. To put it another way, learners rely heavily on visual content to learn. The best aspect of integrating AR into education is its potential to simplify learning with highly interactive visual and auditory elements. AR can help people of any age group to learn complex lessons effortlessly by gamifying the learning process.

Augmented reality for education and learning

School education

Traditional classrooms have a one-way communication method where teachers read and explain lessons to children. However, schools can use AR integrated study material to generate interest and curiosity. A study conducted by the Department of Evolutionary Psychology and Didactics at the University of Alicante has concluded that augmented reality is better suited to meet the needs of today's students, who are growing up in a technological society and using a variety of devices in their daily lives. Students can scan their textbooks to reveal interactive 3D contents. A butterfly's life cycle or splitting of an atom becomes more of an experience than a lesson. That would encourage them to learn much faster by themselves. With AR integrated lessons, children can smoothly learn any subject in the school curriculum.

University education

The use of augmented reality in university education is changing how students learn. AR is a highly engaging and interactive technology, and it improves motivation and increases attention by nearly a third. AR technology allows teachers to materialize abstract concepts that help a student visualize and understand challenging subjects. Until recently, creating an AR experience required coding knowledge or the assistance of a developer. However, concocting an AR experience using no code and no developer platforms is possible these days. The Universities can achieve it with zero effort and minimal investment that guarantees measurable output.

AR eLearning Applications

E-learning platforms adapting AR into teaching to provide a unique experience for children. AR-enabled eLearning applications render the augmented content on the screen and play 3D examples of concepts that allow students to learn and engage. Students can learn concepts and ideas effortlessly using AR content.

Corporate Employee training

According to a study by Deloitte, 88% of medium-sized companies are using AR in some capacity. AR training is functional in technical skills and multi-step tasks. Trainers can use ground plane AR or Image-based AR to share tutorials on various topics. Companies and organizations depend heavily on continuous skill development to stay ahead of the competition. In the years to come, AR training will encompass more industries and businesses.

AR in Medical Education

Augmented reality can help aspiring healthcare experts. It helps them understand human anatomy in a more precise and spectacular way. The use of immersive technologies in healthcare training is continuously on the rise. Healthcare facilities have already implemented AR-based staff training to benefit patients and improve treatment efficiency. Understanding human anatomy is essential for practicing medicine since anatomical knowledge helps diagnose a specific medical condition. Traditionally, cadavers are used to understand human anatomy. However, it may not always be a feasible option. AR anatomy can show a student exact information and details of human body parts. Using ground plane AR, students can augment human anatomy classes anywhere.

AR in mining and high-risk scenarios

AR-based training is particularly beneficial for all high-risk scenarios and industry segments such as defense, disaster management, firefighting, mining, policing and riot control, etc. Employees can sharpen all their skills in dealing with risky scenarios without getting exposed to real-life dangers. They can develop their skills through machines and equipment in a safe digital environment. AR-enabled remote distance support can visually collaborate with site operators to help increase productivity and guidance. AR mock drills can assist professionals in understanding what action needs to be taken in an event of a riot or flood. Trainers can use image-based AR overlay and remote assistance to help students.

AR for assistive learning

Children with learning disabilities and ADHD struggle with short attention spans compared to normal children. AR has multiple ways to engage students in the learning process. AR technology will help flatten the learning curve and create inclusive schools for specially-abled children. Schools can use image-based AR to provide interactive and engaging content. When a student scans the target image using a mobile device, augmented content will be visible to them.

Future of AR in learning

A mixed learning ecosystem, filled with technology in a classroom (virtual or real), will be the future of learning, made feasible by AI and immersive technologies such as VR and AR. In contrast to simply lecturing about topics, hands-on learning is more effective at helping students retain information. Gamification will make learning more fun and engaging for children and adults alike. These VR/AR/AI-powered hyper-immersive learning technologies will enrich and open up a world of cross-cultural learning opportunities.

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