I'm stubbornly intrigued by the educational potential of augmented reality.
Yes, I know that these technology-first educational fantasies always end in tears.
My generation has suffered through iPods, Second Life, netbooks, 3D printing, tablets, phablets, learning objects, and personalized learning environments.
I continue to hold hope that in the future analytics, MOOCs, simulations, and adaptive learning platforms will democratize learning, bend the postsecondary price curve, and cure the higher ed cost disease. (They won’t).
So it is with the excitement of one whose salary depends on not understanding something (thank you Upton Sinclair), that I introduce the Air New Zealand HoloLens model for the future of residential education.
Perhaps you will take the time to watch the 1 minute 42 second video on YouTube:
If you don’t have 1 minute and 42 seconds (and really, who does?) - then the pictures below give you all you need to know.
Substitute flight attendant for professor, and customer for student, and airplane for classroom - and you have the idea.
Tomorrow’s HoloLens wearing professors will have a full dashboard of personalized learner analytics for each of their students.
Faculty will be able to craft learner-centric lectures on the fly, based on the augmented reality emotional and cognitive data stream delivered through the HoloLens.
Every student will be greeted by name, even in the largest of lecture classes. Class participation can be recorded through the HoloLens cameras.
Can you imagine the possibilities?
But seriously now - do these pictures (and the video) spark any teaching and learning fantasies in you beyond fear and dread?
Will residential teaching change when the augmented reality moves from bulky headsets, to stylish spectacles, to contact lenses?
Is the residential classroom really like the inside of an airliner?