The value of augmented reality in education is unchangeable fact. This technology can improve and make learning possible and more interesting. AR ensures new teaching and learning models that better meet the needs of 21st-century. However, not all educational institutions have a positive attitude towards the future impacts of Augmented Reality.
Is it possible for Augmented Reality to be an alternative medium for non-specialized digital education? Off course, this needs to be investigated further.
Augmented Reality makes learning appealing
AR is the future of distance learning because it makes learning more exciting. An enjoyable learning experience boosts student motivation.
AR either provides additional information about the real world or creates a virtual world in our reality to increase the learning effect and create direct reference.
According to Hassan Filali, CEO for Honoris in Morocco,“Higher education is undergoing a fundamental reorganization with a pivot towards new technology-based learning methods that accelerate and improve skills acquisition”.
AR for Classroom Learning and Training Cost
Using of AR in classroom can turn different boring subjects into fascinating subjects. AR can provide virtual examples and add gaming-contents to the curriculum. This technology helps learners better remember what they just learned.
Educational materials are very expensive and therefore not affordable for many institutions. But AR makes them accessible because students only need a mobile device that they already use every day. Many apps don’t even need to be installed and are already available through the browser.
AR not only saves the cost of learning materials, but also the cost of employee training. Instead of traditional, costly seminars and courses, these can already be successfully conducted with AR/VR headsets and applications and repeated as often as desired. In addition, direct software integrations offer opportunities to keep track of the knowledge level and learning success of employees and students. The value of augmented reality in education is further enhanced by the integration of so-called learning management systems (LMS). These are already in use today and will significantly revolutionize the future of digital learning.
Cutting-edge augmented reality centre
Schneider Electric and Institute of Technical Education initiated cutting-edge augmented reality centre. It will train students of ITE’s Mechanical Engineering in cutting-edge real-time maintenance solutions. The effects of augmented reality will reduce costly unforeseen breakdown and extend the lifespan of tools.
This helps to develop the skill-set of students who are preparing to be maintenance technicians and potentially apply prognostic preservation solutions for their future employers.
Students report lack of practicality
S.Kavanagh and his fellow researchers viewed 379 publications related to this subject published between 2010 and 2017. The team said that available augmented reality systems are not complete devices. They will repeatedly require costly secondary accessories.
But the indicators of immersive technology indicate that they are here to stay despite high cost AR/VR systems. This technology is making its way into both virtual and physical classrooms.
Related to this, a study carried out in November 2020, argued that worldwide perception and the vision of education has become broader. In that sense, immersive tech can be used not to cut off, but to enrich the existing educational system.
Many countries not ready yet
However, how fast AR moved is another issue as it had been difficult to convince many people to be familiar with the benefits of AR in learning, even in developed countries.
Besides, many people all over the world do not see the true, prospective of the future impacts of augmented reality in education because it is classically stereotyped as a gaming experience.
In this regard, Honoris has boldly introduced AR/VR in their teaching and learning models. As it is the first major learning institution of Africa to introduce immersive learning and teaching modes in non-specialized digital education.
It is still ambiguous whether tertiary institutions in many African countries will be capable of introducing AR tech outside digital design and specialized creative arts disciplines.
Universities and other educational institutions all over the world adapted to remote learning strategies when COVID-19 badly affected the universe with its deadly attacks. This was turning factor that propelled by the pandemic restrictions.
On the other hand, due to this transition to remote learning many students encountered issues. As they had no decent laptops or smartphones, so, were unable to access learning. In this regard, the costs of hardware is a major barrier to AR adoption related to cost.
The question still remains whether these technologies can transfer knowledge better than traditional learning modes.