Using AR in Learning

It’s been a while since I’ve written a post. So I figure I owed you all a good one.

Over the past few months, I’ve been playing around with some AR and VR technology and finding ways to integrated it into my learning solutions, in a way that adds value. And because I don’t really like just providing theory, I’m also going to give you a fun example, as well as some ideas of where the tech can be used. If you’re not familiar with AR technology, I should first explain what it is.

What is AR? 

Let’s break it down. AR stands for Augmented Reality. It’s basically a view of the physical world or a picture and allows you to add computer generated overlays, such as audio or video. You need to use a device such as your smartphone to view the augmented reality state.

Now, what does this look like? 

pokemongoWhen you think of AR, you should think PokemonGo. You know that crazy game that has people running around like crazy people trying to catch virtual creatures.

I created a demo document to showcase for my clients when I am presenting a proposal that uses AR technology. At first site, this looks like a simple document. In order to see this in action, you’ll need to download this app to your smartphone. After you have downloaded and installed the app, launch the app and point it at the image below to see the magic happen – (then scroll down to read the rest of this post):

myra-layar-ar-infographic

I created this document using Layar.com, the cool thing about this technology is that the document can be printed and hung in different locations to create an interactive and immersive learning experience.

For example, you could create a scavenger hunt where learners need to walk around your campus, scan different documents to obtain valuable information. This would be a great exercise for new hire training. This would be a great exercise for new hire training.

Another great application would be for use in Job Aids. You could turn your job aids into interactive PDFs where the learner does more than just read words on a page.

If you’ve used AR in your learning solutions, I’d love to hear what your successes and challenges. If you have questions, post them as comments to this post.

 

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