The following post features in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of #TheFeed, our online magazine bringing you the best stories from Microsoft Showcase Schools and #MIEExperts, thought leadership, and news from the Microsoft in Education team. This piece is from the HoloLens team here at Microsoft, and looks at how the world of mixed reality is already impacting teaching and learning.
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HoloLens in Education
While technological advances won’t necessarily change fact or history, some can certainly change the ways in which many of these subjects and skills are taught. For certain areas of study, the introduction of particular innovations can complement the existing pedagogy, empowering students and teachers to approach topics or exercises from different angles, opening up broader possibilities in terms of accessibility, collaboration, and understanding.
At Case Western Reserve University, Microsoft HoloLens is already impacting the study of medicine. In the mixed reality world of HoloLens, classes of med students are now able to examine the human body and its multi-layered anatomical structure, seeing systems and events in action in a way that simply has not been possible before through cadavers and textbooks.
Being able to visualise this information in a 3D manner that is reactive to the students was one of the key reasons behind the adoption of HoloLens into the anatomy curriculum at CWRU:
“Anytime that you change the way you see things; it changes the way you understand them… As soon as you can change somebody’s understanding, then they can change the way they see the world.”
Confidence is also a key factor in mastering any skill or discipline, and allowing the students to work practically in an environment where mistakes can be made and learned from – without literal life or death consequences – will have a profound impact on learning.
“In a mixed reality anatomy class, being able to quickly set up or change practical sessions, reset the environment for the next student, or even go back a step after a critical mistake, all significantly improve efficiency and collaboration, meaning more students can acquire skills through practical experience in a much shorter time.” – Mark Griswold, Ph. D – Case Western Reserve University.
To learn more about the partnership between Microsoft HoloLens and Case Western Reserve University, watch the video below:
However, it is not just Higher Education and vocational studies where HoloLens can play a meaningful role in student development.
Chris Barry, Head of Digital Strategy at Harrow School, recently experienced HoloLens, and is confidently optimistic about the impact it can have at all levels of teaching and learning:
“There is an immediate sense of ‘the future, now’ about the HoloLens experience, and, as an educator, I instantly felt that the device, and the way in which it offers an ‘enhanced’ view of one’s surroundings, has almost limitless potential as a teaching tool, It’s main benefit to teaching is not so much expanding on what we can teach but on how we can teach – that is a much more profound leap forward even before I could think of any specific application! I guess I felt instinctively that its main benefit to teaching is not so much expanding on what we can teach but on how we can teach – that is a much more profound leap forward.”
Do you want to you to engage with your digital content and interact with holograms in the world around you? Are you ready to start your HoloLens journey? Take your first step into the world of mixed reality here.