How the integration of new technology is changing the higher education landscape

studyinternational | February 14, 2019

We are living in exciting times. Technology is rapidly-evolving, with buzzwords such as virtual reality, blockchain, automation and big data circulating in the news and on social media. The cutting-edge future depicted in popular shows and media such as The Jetsons, Futurama and Back to the Future may be closer than we realise.Several universities in certain countries have been quick to take on these new technological advancements, for both educational and administrative purposes. Here are some exciting ways universities are integrating advanced new technologies, and the positive results that have stemmed from it. The use of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) is not just for gaming, and is proving very popular in schools and universities alike. These immersive technologies have immense potential to simulate real life experiences.For example, Anatomage Table creates virtual cadavers that allow medical students to practice their skills in a safe, digital enviroment. This ‘virtual dissection table’ is a big feature of the J and K Virtual Reality Learning Center at the Western University of Health Sciences, which allows students to learn about anatomical functions by moving layers of virtual tissue to view more than 300 anatomical visualizations, created using scans of real patients and cadavers.

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