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Augmented Reality App Makes Online Learning More Engaging

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Photo Credit: RMIT University

A new augmented reality learning app from the Centre for Digital Enterprise (C4DE) will help bridge the gap between online and practical learning for engineering students.

According to a recent press release, the newly-launched XR LearnHub, from Australia’s RMIT University, is the first augmented reality tool of its kind, which was designed specifically for workplace training and vocational education.

About the Augmented Reality Tool

The tool was developed to complement 11 new workplace micro-units in industrial Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine operation.

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

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, which is one of the largest manufacturers of CNC machines in the world.

The Centre’s Senior Manager Stephen Joyce explained that C4DE worked with the company and identified the training need for existing workers and students to upskill their computer numerical control skills.

The Centre is committed to improving digital literacy in businesses through a collaborative approach that links research, business and training.

Utilising AR and VR

  • 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 shared that 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.
  • Augmented reality (AR) in education helps students easily appreciate realistic scenarios. Additionally, its gamified nature makes learning itself more engaging and fun.
  • The goal was to help students master the practical skills required for real work by supporting online and practical learning through AR technology.
  • The premise is simple: tap a button, transport a scenario or machine model into your environment. Gain key concepts through reward-based activities through the experience.
  • 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.

About Centre for Digital Enterprise (C4DE)

  • 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.
  • The Centre uses applied research in smart technologies to create expert workforce training for delivery in the workplace.
  • Their mission is to bridge the digital capability gap in future skills by helping businesses and individuals on their digital transformation journey.
  • 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.

PARTNER

CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

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Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

SUPPORTING ORGANISATION

SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

PARTNER

HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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