Should more universities embrace holograms in the classroom?

Study International | October 31, 2019

The use of holograms in class may not have caught on fire – yet – but should universities be open to giving them a try? While its use in higher education is still selective, Imperial College London has already been deploying holograms via its EdTech Lab this past year with positive results. According to Times Higher Education (THE), Imperial College uses holograms to allow remote speakers to appear as life-size three-dimensional entities in one of the university’s lecture theatres.David Lefevre, Director of the Lab, was quoted saying that the technology has been a big success, with surveys reporting that students not only enjoyed the “sense of presence” provided by the hologram, but also found the experience to be fun and engaging. He added that educational research has shown that a sense of presence and interaction is incredibly important for students’ learning. Crucially, a hologram can look a student in the eye, which helps make all the difference. Students can benefit from learning from guest speakers, be it professionals from the industry to educators from around the globe. However, holograms allow universities to not only cut costs by saving on travel or airfare, but also reduce the environmental impact of travelling, as well as time spent travelling.

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