Today's lecture was conducted by none other than our thriving lecturer, Dr. Fariza. I believe that she is the most suitable person to conduct this topic as she has vast knowledge about AR. My previous knowledge about AR was somehow floating in my mind as it was easy for me to recall because of my daily interactions with a smartphone, however, the concept of it was foreign to me. I still remember that one time when I went to Suria KLCC, and there were seas of people at the KLCC Park, this didn't come as weird to me because truthfully I was one of them. We were busy walking from one radius to another to catch our Pokémon because legend has it that KLCC park has enormous numbers of Pokémon wandering around.
To make it digestible, Augmented Reality (AR) is the technology that expands our physical world, adding layers of digital information onto it. Unlike Virtual Reality (VR), AR does not create the whole artificial environments to replace real with a virtual one.
From an educational point of view, Augmented Reality offers various benefits. It allows better understanding of otherwise complex topic by providing visual and interactive learning experience. Let's just think of the paperless way to go for educators when AR is being used in teaching. It makes it easy for us educators, as we wouldn't have to bring unnecessary amount of teaching materials to class.
In addition, AR can help students to be more engaged during classes by offering new ways of content presentation and enhancing collaboration. An interactive content learning can help the students to connect with the lesson on a deeper level. I still remember how thrilled I was when Dr. Fariza showed us an example of her previous AR project, my jaws dropped. And I believe it would birth the same reaction to any student when he/she is introduced to AR in education. AR technology can transform each class into a surprising learning environment that will keep students interested and motivated to participate during classroom activities.