Is Augmented Reality Learning in Your Curriculum? 5 Benefits To Know

Published on September 27, 2023

Have you ever envisioned a classroom where learning goes beyond textbooks and lectures? Imagine introducing your students to a whole new dimension of education, where theoretical concepts come to life right before their eyes. This is the wonder of augmented reality learning. With an AR curriculum, you can offer students a hands-on experience without needing physical specimens.

AR is a revolutionary tool reshaping how we teach and students learn. Discover the captivating realm of augmented reality learning and explore five compelling benefits that can enrich your curriculum. We’ll also cover how you can easily adopt an AR curriculum with MedCerts programs.

Top 5 Benefits of Adopting Augmented Reality Learning

AR is revolutionizing classrooms and making learning an immersive, engaging, interactive experience.

1. Increased Engagement

Visualize capturing your students’ attention by taking them on a journey inside the human body, where they can explore complex organs and systems up close. Augmented reality learning has the power to transform dull lessons into captivating adventures.

In medical courses, students can virtually dissect a 3D model of the human heart, gaining a deeper understanding of its functions. Similarly, they can interact with virtual network architectures in IT-related courses, enhancing their comprehension of complex networking concepts. This heightened engagement makes learning exciting and may lead to better retention and application of knowledge.

2. Curriculum Differentiation

Educational options are abundant, so standing out is crucial. Augmented reality learning can be your differentiator. Prospective medical students, for instance, may be drawn to a program where they can practice surgical techniques in a risk-free virtual environment.

In IT courses, hands-on experiences that create virtual servers through AR could be a game changer. By embracing AR, you provide an innovative, cutting-edge experience that makes your curriculum more enticing and competitive.

3. Future-Proofing Your Approach

Technology is advancing unprecedentedly, and the educational landscape evolves accordingly. Integrating augmented reality learning into your curriculum means you’re future-proofing your teaching methods.

Medical education might involve simulating rare medical cases for diagnosis practice, while IT courses could include troubleshooting simulations in a virtual environment. This adaptability ensures that you prepare students for the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow’s world.

4. Leadership in EdTech Trends

Early adoption of augmented reality learning positions you as a key player in educational technology. Medical schools that offer AR-enabled anatomy lessons or surgical simulations set a new standard in medical education.

Similarly, IT educators incorporating AR-driven coding projects provide students with unique experiences that traditional methods can’t match. By embracing this trend, you make impressive strides toward becoming a leader in educational innovation.

5. Enhanced Accessibility

A remarkable aspect of augmented reality learning is its potential to improve accessibility. Consider a medical lecture that uses AR to display captions, making the content more inclusive for students with hearing impairments.

Viewing complex algorithms through AR can aid students with different learning styles in IT courses. AR breaks down barriers by catering to various needs, ensuring that education is accessible and effective for diverse students.

Partner With MedCerts

Incorporating augmented reality learning into higher education is a transformative step that amplifies engagement, differentiation and future readiness. By partnering with MedCerts, an educator renowned for innovative Healthcare and IT programs, you can adopt an AR curriculum easily. It’s time to empower your students with immersive learning experiences that set them apart in a rapidly evolving world.

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Written by
Rafael Castaneda
Senior Vice President of Workforce Development

With more than 20 years in the postsecondary arena, Rafael has focused on workforce strategies that build programmatic pathways for unemployed and underemployed students from underserved populations.

Before joining MedCerts, Rafael was the chief academic officer and dean of education at CBD College, a private two-year allied health college in Los Angeles. He also served as a strategy and innovation leader for Jobs for the Future (JFF) crafting connections between postsecondary actors and thought leaders. He is a member of the advisory board of the University of California, Irvine’s Customer Experience Program. Rafael has worked with over 2K schools and 1K workforce organizations & employers on solutions.

He strongly believes the three-legged stool of workforce success are schools, businesses, and community organizations but they need a catalyst and that is where MedCerts comes in – as the driver of the solutions to supplement and complement the three.

A passionate believer in education as a great equalizer, Rafael joined MedCerts because the organization provides the opportunity to actively participate in bridging the digital divide and skills gap for unserved populations of students. This extremely rewarding and tangible championing of education-based initiatives alongside serving all demographics students provides a rare opportunity to not just speak, but do.

Rafael is a husband to a brilliant and talented wife, father to two ambitious daughters, and an active member of his community. You will find him at a spin class most weekday mornings and doing outside activities with his family and their French bulldog, Penny, on the weekends. He has lived and worked in all time zones and in nine states over the past 12 years. Connect with Rafael on LinkedIn.

Published on September 27, 2023

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