Virtual elements are fast catching up with the real-world elements… on a supplementary note, that is. They get us environments (and get us into environments) that we don’t have access to in real life.
These enhanced realities are predicted to be THE future of learning because, by their sheer technological and visual excellence, they offer us the key advantage of INSTANT RELEVANCE.
And, how amazingly they offer contrastingly different learning experiences!
Virtual reality, on the one hand, tricks our brain into shifting all our senses to an entirely different topography, shutting them completely off our current environment. Put on the Oculus Rift HMD and walk through ancient Rome exploring all the major monuments of the fallen empire.
Augmented reality, on the other, overlays virtual information over our current real environment itself. An orthopedic surgeon, for instance, gets to see CT scans superimposed over the patient’s fractured arm while performing a surgery.
Clark Quinn shares his insightful take on AR and VR through his post Realities: Why AR over VR.