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?
Do you want to add more interactivity with or among the students in delivering your learning content?
Do you want to better visualise and explain any abstract concepts?
Do your students need more hands-on opportunities to apply the procedural knowledge in your course?
Do you want to scale certain learning experience to more students without adding more staff or time?