Education has always been one of the constants throughout known history, in one form or another. But the methodologies have always kept on developing as the mankind progressed. Today, where every other kind of interaction – be it social life or corporate life – is being reshaped by technology, so is education.
A couple of decades back when internet revolutionized the world of information, it led to researched based education models. The most popular education systems in the region today – International baccalaureate, Ivy League, STEM learning – are highly researched based models. The emphasis is on practical learning. But, constrained by physical limitations, where these systems lack, immersive technologies stand out. Click To Tweet
Immersive Technologies based Education
That’s right. Immersive technologies have an edge when it comes to creative, explorative and experimental learning. Digital technologies make it possible to bring the world into the classroom for students to explore. Click To Tweet Virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality, have transformed education into an “active experience” compared to that of passive learning in the past. Diving down deep into the molecular structures or the workings of a human body or the depths of the oceans, this is all possible through immersive technologies. In Pakistan, VRXOne is bringing these disruptive technologies to school. VRXOne is the first and only provider of a broad range of virtual lessons and programs in VR, AR and Artificial Intelligence.
World over, Virtual Reality has already made its mark in the education industry. Whereas Augmented reality apps are frequently used by students in learning. Moving forward, Mixed reality is the next logical step where both digital models of VR and AR combine into one interactive space. Ai tutors help students navigate these worlds, learn more deeply and understand better. The same AI tutors also gauge students’ performance and individual progress. But to draw a distinction between these technologies, let’s see how each technology differs:
Virtual reality (VR) is an immersive digital environment completely different and disconnected from the real world.
Augmented Reality (AR) places digital content over the real-world view.
Mixed Reality (MR) combines both virtual content and real world in a way that they can interact with each other. Inside an MR environment, also called altered reality, the user is simultaneously engaged with the digital environment without losing contact with the actual world.
Essentially, mixed reality combines the best of both digital and real worlds by simulating the otherwise inaccessible information for exploration.
Artificial Intelligence (Ai) helps to remove human intervention from mundane tasks such as grading. This allows teachers to spend their time where it is most needed i.e. classroom interaction and discussion. Additionally, Ai provides continuous assistance and feedback for students through virtual lessons or tutorials.
VRXOne is the leading expert organization in the region combining MR and Ai to highlight both challenges and opportunities in classrooms. The lessons proposed address and provide solution for issues like customized learning, teachers preparation, adaptive group formations, grading softwares, etc. VRXOne has already trained over 8000 students in VR, MR and Ai applications across Middle East. And now bringing this technology to Pakistani schools offering the benefits of “deeper learning” through their curriculum aligned programs. In Dubai, teachers are already rooting for implementing Ai in the classroom.
Benefits Associated with Ai enabled Learning Environments
There are more benefits associated to immersive education technologies in the classroom than we generally understand. A virtual environment does not merely provide activity, it also provides access to things or locations that are physically inaccessible in real-life such as a peek inside the human body, a dive through the Grand Coral Reef, a cruise through galaxies, a walk on the Moon or the Red Planet. All of this is accessible and open for exploration to students on their virtual tours.
The use of MR and Ai in the classroom has led to dramatic improvements for students including:
- 97% rise in student engagement
- 97% increased excitement for science lessons
- 86% improvement in test scores
- And as much as, 98% better understanding of difficult concepts
Innovating the learning experience
Up until now, the classroom education is already being claimed by “gamification” also termed as activity-based learning. However, the merger of MR and Ai provide an entirely new take on things. The intersection between the real and digital worlds providing an entirely new space to learn, explore and innovate. Click To Tweet Students don’t open their books anymore, they inside their lessons. They no longer just read, they interact with the information available to them. That is the reason that immersive learning has such an enhancing impact on their cognitive capacities. There is no end to the extent of possibilities made possible by immersive technologies.
Stepping up for the Future
Technology is developing at an incredible speed today. Intelligent computer systems are completely reclaiming the jobs that previously required human intelligence. This transformation is completely reshaping the careers with potentially 47% of jobs disappearing in the next 25 years, as per Oxford University.
This is a scenario that cannot be taken lightly and one that demands complete overhaul of education systems today. We need to prepare a generation that is prepared for the challenges of tomorrow equipped with latest skills for completely new careers.