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A Kind of Holodec from the 90s

In the 80's we built a kind of Holodec, but were not patient enough to finish it with the tools of the times.   Now we Have more of those tools.     Called them a 'Business Sphere' back them  ...  Click to the right for more on that.    -  Franz Dill

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May 18   Beam me up to the holodeck!”

How holograms are becoming a reality for experiential learning

Huma Hamid

The popular 1960s American TV show, Star Trek, featured a fictional device called a “holodeck,” that used holograms. Star Trek used these 3D simulations in both real and imaginary settings to allow its characters to interact with the environment, objects, and other characters. Not only that, but the show’s characters use holodecks for tasks, such as scientific simulations or tactical, covert training.

What’s a hologram? you wonder.

Holograms are projected light and electromagnetic energy that create the illusion of solid objects.

Fast forward to modern times, and that work of fiction is becoming a reality. Today, holograms are becoming a reality for experiential learning. Read on to explore how the rise of immersive technologies, such as holograms, is having a fascinating impact on the digital learning space; namely, in the promise of offering us new ways to approach learning challenges.

Experiential learning boosts learner engagement

Experiential learning encounters give learners a chance to use their direct experiences to build their knowledge.* Research from the past 70 years shows experiential learning effectively grows students’ active engagement in their learning.** What’s more, learners are more inclined to reflect on newfound knowledge gained from experiential learning, which results in even more learning and growth.***

Holographic technology has gained popularity in other industries because it offers an exceptional representation of the three-dimensional world around us. And interest has grown in combining experiential learning and holographic technology as practical approaches to education.

By using holographic technology with digital learning, we can transform the upskilling of today’s workforce into a collaborative, reflective, and engaging experiential learning experience.

Holographic technology can also enable tutors to be present in 3D in remote locations, adding depth to the learning experience. For instance, it was easier for Professor Steve Limberg, University of Texas at Austin, to notice students’ reactions—whether they were distracted or wanted his attention—during his executive MBA class, which he taught as a live, 3D image during the COVID-19 pandemic. He says the experience was much closer to teaching in person.****

Holograms can be social and educational equalizers

Holograms can simulate face-to-face interactions, removing geographical barriers so learners can share their diverse cultures through live projections and 3D presentations. Such an interactive environment, even from around the world, can improve collaboration, build community, and instill a sense of belonging as a class, all of which are critical for a memorable and effective learning experience.

Using holograms to create an experiential learning experience can also meet the social justice and equity needs of learners from marginalized and underrepresented communities. Learners can practice their skills through these immersive experiences, building their career and economic opportunities and confidence in accomplishing career-related skills.***** 

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