Mixed Technologies – VR/AR for small and medium-sized enterprises
Virtual reality and augmented reality (VR/AR) – as well as other forms of digital instruction – are becoming increasingly important in skilled worker training. They enable an intensive visual impression of artifacts and processes that are too complex, too elaborate, or too risky for direct interaction in a learning context.
In the meantime, the focus of companies is shifting more and more to these forms of training. Currently, considerable difficulties in the implementation and further use of VR/AR are frequently reported and the practical experiences are not always positive. There are difficulties in terms of content, technology and didactics as well as a complex technical implementation process and high costs. The new technology is perceived as interesting, but does not lead to truly deeper learning. A functioning technology does not yet ensure that it is used sensibly and combined with other (digital) learning methods in a meaningful way.
The task of the project is to clarify which technologies are to be preferred in a specific use case, i.e. where and when which hardware (tablet vs. headset vs. laptop, etc.) and which media presentation (VR vs. AR vs. computer-mediated vs. physical) might be most useful and cost-effective. In addition, we will clarify how these technologies and didactic elements should best be mixed in a particular learning unit, in particular settings, and for different use cases.
The project will
- organize an exchange of experience among practitioners,
- work out how to design VR/AR solutions that are targeted, cost-effective and flexible,
- Based on this, develop concepts and guidelines that show how a targeted and effective use of VR/AR can be achieved.
José Alberto Andrés Lacasta
Beatriz Gimeno Frontera
Inmaculada Cugat Estrada
The project “HO-WARP- Action-Oriented Continuing Education at the Workplace” was made possible by an EU grant from the ERASMUS+ program for Strategic Partnerships and is accompanied by the “National Agency Education for Europe at the Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training” in Germany.