How Virtual and Augmented Reality Alters the Future of Learning
BY ALEXANDRA HAYES
Despite that almost every system has evolved drastically over the past decades, the educational system still follows the same learning model as hundred years ago with no considerable adjustment.
Nevertheless, with the evolution of augmented and virtual reality technologies, the learning experience is going to drastically improve and probably change once and for all. In order to clarify this phenomenon, we’ll explain how virtual and augmented reality can alter the future of the human learning system.
Virtual and Augmented Reality: Definition
Virtual reality (VR) is a three-dimensional computer-generated environment similar to real-life, which attaches the user to a different data stream. VR technology simulates most of the human senses (touch, vision, hearing, and even smelling), embarking the user on a journey (inside a different world). Usually, there’s a purpose that can be attained once the user makes choices and tries different possibilities. All of this technology relies mainly on special VR headsets.
Augmented reality (AR) is defined as an improved version of reality created by a live direct/ indirect view of the physical real-world environment which is augmented by the computer-generated image of something being looked at through a smartphone/ camera. The most typical versions are:
- Projection-based AR
- Location-based AR
- Superimposition-based AR
How VR and AR Improve the Quality of Learning in Different Fields
In order to help you achieve a better understanding of how VR and AR can improve our future learning experience and academic environment, let’s see where and how we can use it in a practical way.
Helen Hilton, the leading IT specialist at Superior Papers, argues that “besides the traditional methodology of language learning, a better method is to actually talk with a native speaker abroad.” Unfortunately, not many can afford this type of practice. Fortunately, with the means of VR technology, kids and students from all over the world will be able to “visit” to different countries and talk to different natives, therefore enhancing their learning experience.
2. History and Geography
Many kids find learning geography and history quite boring. Imagine how this situation would turn around if they would have the chance to visit the great pyramids from their classroom. All of this can actually be possible with the means of AR and VR technology. And then, instead of feeling bored or annoyed, they’ll be eager to “live” the next class.
Until now, the only way to become a doctor and to understand more about the healthcare was to attend the medical school, become an apprentice, and eventually, having enough knowledge, start practicing on real cases.
Now, with the help of VR headsets, you can actually perform surgeries without risking hurting anybody. This leads to a definitely enhanced learning experience which is based on trial-and-error.
Chemistry is yet another “unpleasant” class for lots of kids and college students. Nevertheless, this changes once the VR and AR technology gets implemented in schools. Students will have more fun mixing all kinds of substances and learn without harming themselves due to obvious mistakes. Moreover, this will spare schools from the costs of chemical substances and tools, which is definitely a bonus.
These two future technologies can definitely lead to the development of a different learning system, one that can replace or alter the traditional ways of teaching, which unfortunately have become ineffective.
Today’s educational system is ought to adapt and change along with the evolution of technology, so our next generations will experience an improved education and understanding of the world we live in.
About the author:
Alexandra Hayes is a creative writer interested in tech and educational issues. She enjoys visual arts and yoga. Besides, Alexandra is a starting photographer. Meet her on Twitter!