The use of augmented reality (AR) in education is a vital topic of research as it could be very much the major educational tool of the future. AR allows for the addition of virtual objects into real environments in order to simplify real-time interaction. Research on AR applications in education is however still in its early stages, and hence there is a somewhat lack of research on the effects and implications which AR will have in the field of education.
The use of AR has become more and more easy to get to as it no longer has need of specialized equipment and can be easily used on mobile devices. Most people now own such mobile devices, and their use has increased in recent years, thereby permitting larger access to AR. The applications for mobile AR in education are growing at a quick pace, and its feasibility has increased due to advances in mobile technology.
AR mobile applications are now more accessible for quite a lot of areas in education, and education-related AR applications are now more regularly found on mobile devices. There is more probability now more than ever that the use of AR may intensify student learning motivation and contribute to improved academic achievement. There is still room to explore the vast potential of AR to improve student learning motivation and contribute to improved academic achievement as the potential of AR in education remains vastly unexplored.
Advantages of Using Augmented Reality in Education
AR makes available new ways of interacting with the real world and creating experiences that are not conceivable in either an entirely real or virtual world. AR also has the sole ability to create immersive hybrid learning environments that combine both real and virtual objects. The various technologies enable users to experience scientific phenomena that are not visible in the real world, such as certain chemical reactions, thereby making difficult to get subject matter available to students.
This type of learning experience can boost thinking skills and increase abstract understanding of phenomena that are either indiscernible or difficult to observe as well as correct any misconceptions on the subject matter. AR also helps to address learning difficulties which are more often encountered when visualizing unobservable phenomena.
Challenges with the Use of Augmented Reality in Education
While it may have a lot of benefits it still has its challenges that cannot be ruled out like its users may experience usability issues and technical problems, and some students could find this technology complex. A major challenges of AR applications is usability; on the other hand, ease of use is also reportedly an advantage too.