Augmented reality app brings online learning to life

Augmented reality app brings online learning to life

A new augmented reality learning app from the Centre for Digital Enterprise will help bridge the gap between online and practical learning for engineering students.

Launched today by RMIT’s Centre for Digital Enterprise (C4DE) the app, XR LearnHub, is the first augmented reality tool of its kind designed specifically for workplace training and vocational education.

Developed to complement 11 new workplace micro-units in industrial Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine operation, it will allow engineering students to complete CNC training using workplace scenarios.

The units have been designed in consultation with the centre's industry partner OKUMA Australia, one of the largest manufacturers of CNC machines in the world.

Centre senior manager Stephen Joyce said the C4DE worked with OKUMA and identified the training need for existing workers and students to upskill their computer numerical control skills.

“We’re committed to improving digital literacy in businesses through a collaborative approach that links research, business and training,” Joyce said.

“The XR LearnHub app provides students with a more practical approach than traditional online learning and an opportunity for self-guided exploration.”

It is predicted there will be over one billion augmented and virtual reality users by 2020 and the C4DE’s senior AR/VR developer Yvette Wouters said this was a trend the education sector should not overlook.

“AR and VR learning tools offer individuals the opportunity to explore and interact with information in completely new ways," she said.

The micro-units will benefit workers and students who have completed the Certificate II and Certificate III in Engineering, as well as provide a pathway into Certificate IV and Diploma courses.

The centre is a partnership between RMIT University, Wodonga TAFE and Sunraysia Institute of TAFE and works across Victoria to increase uptake of new resources for teaching.

XR LearnHub was launched at a collaborative workshop for teachers and businesses delivered by the C4DE and Melbourne-based virtual and augmented reality studio Ignition Immersive.

 

Story: Grace Taylor

21 November 2019

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21 November 2019

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