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EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education
Volume 13, Issue 2 (February 2017) - Special Issue on Learning strategies in engineering education using Virtual and Augmented Reality Technologies, pp. 469-486

DOI: 10.12973/eurasia.2017.00626a

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Virtual Technologies Trends in Education

Jorge Martín-Gutiérrez, Carlos Efrén Mora, Beatriz Añorbe-Díaz & Antonio González-Marrero

Abstract

Virtual reality captures people’s attention. This technology has been applied in many sectors such as medicine, industry, education, video games, or tourism. Perhaps its biggest area of interest has been leisure and entertainment. Regardless the sector, the introduction of virtual or augmented reality had several constraints: it was expensive, it had poor ergonomics, or implied too much work to create contents. Recent technological innovations, including the rapid adoption of smartphones by society, have facilitated the access to virtual reality and augmented reality of anyone. In addition, several large companies like Apple, Facebook, Samsung, and Magic Leap, among others, have increased their investment to make these technologies to improve their accessibility within the next few years. Educational institutions will benefit from better accessibility to virtual technologies; this will make it possible to teach in virtual environments that are impossible to visualize in physical classrooms, like accessing into virtual laboratories, visualizing machines, industrial plants, or even medical scenarios. The huge possibilities of accessible virtual technologies will make it possible to break the boundaries of formal education.

Keywords: Virtual reality, Augmented reality, Virtual Learning Environment, Educational Technology


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