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Augmented reality (AR) enables a more engaged, interactive, and retentive learning experience. AR is a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image upon a user’s view of the world. It also can engage users through auditory, visual, and touch-based experiences. People learn in several overlapping ways – auditory, kinesthetic, and visual – all of which are available in AR.

As a result, educators can use AR to offer students a dynamic and hands-on way of understanding abstract concepts.

Augmented reality developers are exploring the direct applications in the education space that suggest that AR can succeed in other areas, such as manufacturing training.

This article discusses the education benefits of AR and how it may be applied in other industries.

AR Boosts Engagement and Retention

AR helps educators communicate ideas in a more engaging manner.

The gaming elements and virtual 3D examples within AR enhance the visual appeal of concepts, helping educators to make their lessons more interesting.

A more engaging classroom can inspire students who might otherwise be lacking focus or motivation. It’s no secret that engaged students both learn and retain more.

Consider the widespread adoption of Pokemon Go and Snapchat by younger generations, both of which include AR. Younger generations are familiar with AR and eager to embrace these new educational technologies.

Compared to textbooks, AR offers students robust and detailed imagery to stir the imagination and bring ideas to life.

If sufficiently engaged, students are incentivized to pursue learning for its own sake, which also helps to improve their academic performance.

Google Expeditions, for example, gives students an AR-enabled tour of solar systems, human anatomy, as well as over 100 other lessons.

 

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A smartphone allows students to bring 3D renditions of objects into the classroom. Immersive lessons like these can inspire learning and to secure the focus of students.

Homework gets more appealing with AR as well. The technology can help images to “pop out” of a worksheet, textbook, or an interactive quiz. This makes every sort of learning material less tedious.

AR development companies can boost engagement, motivate learning, and create rewarding learning experiences for students through their products. 

AR Improves Comprehension of Complex Ideas

AR technology can render objects into 3D models, making it easier to grasp abstract or difficult concepts – including mathematical equations, chemical formulas, and human anatomy.

Medical students benefit directly from AR: Visual models of body parts and operational procedures help students to observe symptoms, take virtual quizzes, and practices surgeries on virtual patients.

The Human Anatomy Atlas app provides more than 10,000 anatomical models to help medical students to understand the human body from every angle.

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AR’s application in medical education suggests that industries that require both a high degree of tactile skill and conceptual understanding will also benefit from this technology.

Specifically, AR can be used to magnify and extrapolate medical images that doctors and physicians can use to diagnose maladies and illnesses. 

AR Assists with Manufacturing Training

Theoretical knowledge is often insufficient to obtain proper skills in professional areas.

According to a joint study from Deloitte and Manufacturing Institute, about 2.4 million manufacturing positions may go unfilled in the next 10 years due to skill gaps.

AR can help companies develop their employees in a hands-on way without incurring undue cost or risk. Employees can receive step-by-step instructions without attending a faraway seminar, a mundane online course, or on-site practice.

In turn, training can more retentive and cost-effective for businesses.

AR also allows for increased collaboration between trainees and co-workers.

At Siemens, for example, trainees learn to weld by wearing a hands-free AR headset while the instructor monitors remotely. 

This allows trainees the full benefits of hands-on practice with expert guidance while improving efficiency and cutting costs.

Virtual learning interfaces allow companies to accelerate employee training and collaborative processes without sacrificing productivity and incurring risk.

Augmented Reality in Education and Business

Students who are motivated and engaged learn more and retain more.

AR offers both educators and businesses, especially mobile app development companies, a virtual learning interface with which to enhance the learning experience.

AR implementation in these areas promises to boost engagement, comprehension, and competencies for learners of all ages.


Emily Clark is a Content Writer for The Manifest and Visual Objects. Her research focuses on app development companies and trends.

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