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What are Augmented Reality (AR) & Virtual Reality (VR)?

Virtual Reality (VR) is a fully computer-generated environment that gives you an immersive, sensational and interactive experience of being there, usually enabled by head-mounted headsets, such as the Facebook-owned Oculus headsets. One of the uses of VR in higher education is to create a safe virtual environment for students to practice and receive feedback on their presentation, communication and interview skills.

Augmented reality (AR) is used to enhance the natural environments and offer perceptually enriched experiences through the use of a camera-equipped device like our phones. In some medical schools, for example, this technology is used to virtually guide surgical students to perform rare operational procedures, and study the blood flow through the heart, arteries and veins in a digital body.

Are AR or VR right for you?

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Do you want to add more interactivity with or among the students in delivering your learning content?

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Do you want to better visualise and explain any abstract concepts?

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Do your students need more hands-on opportunities to apply the procedural knowledge in your course?

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Do you want to scale certain learning experience to more students without adding more staff or time?

Type of AR/VR


Virtual Interactive Tours

Virtual interactive tours, where your students navigate, explore and interact with additional information (e.g. texts, videos, audios) in a virtual environment created by 360-degree pictures or videos (example)

Virtual Immersive Experiences

Virtual immersive experiences, where your students explore, interact and perform tasks in a virtual environment enabled by VR headsets and controllers

Augmented Visual Experiences

Augmented visual experiences, where your students explore, view and interact with overlaid media information by scanning an object with their phones or tablets

How can you develop AR or VR for your TLIP?


Tools & Equipment


Oculus Quest

The Oculus Quest is a standalone virtual reality (VR) headset developed by Oculus, offering a wireless and all-in-one VR experience. It features built-in tracking and hand controllers, allowing users to freely move and interact within virtual environments without the need for a PC or external sensors.



Unity is a versatile and widely-used real-time development platform that empowers developers to create immersive experiences in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). Its robust set of tools and features, along with its cross-platform compatibility, make it ideal for building and deploying VR/AR applications across various devices and platforms.

Unreal Engine

Unreal Engine

Unreal Engine is a cutting-edge, industry-leading real-time development platform known for its stunning graphics and immersive experiences. It enables developers to create high-quality virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) applications by providing a range of powerful tools, rendering capabilities, and extensive support for VR/AR hardware integration.

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Blender is a open-source 3D creation suite that can greatly aid in the development of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) content. With its robust modeling, animation, and rendering capabilities, Blender allows developers to create and optimize 3D assets and environments for immersive VR experiences and realistic AR overlays.