Vasundhara Narang

Augmented Reality: Making something greater by adding to it!

Augmented Reality is the technology that works to augment sensory based inputs, on real world objects, using camera of your device.


Augmenting sensory inputs, literally means to make sensory inputs greater, by adding to it. AR helps us to inflate, elevate and multiply sensory inputs, by adding extra layers of digital information on real world objects.


The purpose of E learning is to engage it’s learners, for increasing learning effectiveness. This is where AR can transform and elevate the level of engagement and significantly improve the learning effectiveness.


Why do we need augmented reality in e learning content?

Augmented Reality enables us to add additional layers, by simply stapling digital content on already published content. The embedded information can be retrieved by learner on any other smart device, prompting them to engage with your content. AR enables us to elevate the engagement level of our e learning content, helping in sharing of additional information.


How does AR work?

AR technology helps us to add layers of digital information to a single object. The embedded information can be retrieved on any smart device, mobile phones, tablets, desktop, by using the camera, scanning the layered object where information has been embedded. Once User’s device scans this layered object, whatever information embedded in it, is fetched on their device, routing them to view the designated information.


How to leverage AR in E learning?

Let us now look at some possible use cases of Augmented Reality in E learning,


  • Increasing engagement level of Module:

In an already published low engagement e learning module, AR helps us to increase the complexity and engagement of the module, without making heavy changes in the source files, or revamping the entire digitised story of our module. Simply embedding a game in a slide, or addition of a layer of interactive content, is easily doable. Instead of opening up published file, Dr E Learning helps you to add layer of engaging content, on an already published file.


  • Quick quizzing:

Assessment and quizzes are seldom the things learners look forward to. Layering quick knowledge check quizzes in a published module, improves the engagement level of the learner, and helps in increasing learning effectiveness.


  • Feedback flow incorporation:

As creator of content, we realise how important learner feedback is in the world of online learning. With increasing distance between learner and teacher, we try to make sure that feedback does not get lost. Embedding feedback forms through AR and prompting users to scan these embedded feedback forms in their mobile devices, enables them to simultaneously share their feedback while going through learning module.


  • Advertisement:

Augmented Reality has a huge market in Advertisements. Slipping learning facilitated tools information with relevant learning slides, can open a great window for advertising market in E learning world.


Compressing Elearning and $aving Dollars

In Mobile Learning world Content Size Does Matter

In the current scenario of shift towards mobile learning, the size and weight of E learning modules play great role. There has been a need to share maximum information in minimised size and minimised time frame.

Compressed qualitative content will require lesser consumption of data, hence loading quickly, especially in mobile devices and tablets, also saving a great deal of data transaction cost!

The interesting thought is that compressed file not only facilitates ease of passing information, but also reduces cost!

C for Compression, C for Cost Saving

Assuming I have a very heavy e learning module, say about 100 MB, and if I manage to compress my module, by enough qualitative amount, helping me to save 1 TB of transaction data from all the users that access this module, I end up saving close to USD 800, per month.

And even if I am running this course for 3 months, I end up saving approximately 1 Lakh INR, in a span of 3 months, only.

If we invest time and calculate amount of savings we can make, from compressing such E learning modules, even by 20%, we will be pretty amazed at the number we reach.

Once this thought strucks to a digital content creator and distributor, the need to compress already published data will rise even higher than what it currently is.

But the challenge arises in editing or compressing an already published file.

Compressing Published Elearning Output

The point of challenge most of E learning creators or publishers face, is to compress or edit an already published file. It is a greatly time consuming process, and requires deployment of a resource to open up source files, compress required media file, compile everything again, and re publish it.

In the times when this process will need to be iterated on a regular basis, we will require tools to do that quick job for us. Investing time and resources each time I wish to pass an already published module’s compressed version, through mobile phones and tablet, it will cost me an unnecessary amount, opening up a market for tools that master in doing the same job on easy clicks.

Dr Elearning to your rescue !

That is how Dr E Learning can help creators and publishers of E learning modules. It masters in editing, compressing and enhancing our elearning modules, which are already published files, without digging into source files.

So the compression activity that I regularly wish to do, can be done by few clicks to provide me with a healthy and qualitative compressed file, which i can pass through mobile devices, helping in reduction of consumption of data, saving me time and resources, which collectively saves me some great amount of capital!

So in a nutshell, this compression activity, ends up saving my time, resources and capital. And over this triangle, tops the ease with which i can do all of this, using Dr Elearning!