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Friday, July 06, 2018

Mixed Reality Workplace Training in Norway | Editor’s Picks - eLearningInside News

"In the past, mixed reality, which combines both virtual reality and real-life contexts, has primarily been used to train workers in fields were simulations have long-been a key element of training (e.g., the training of pilots) according to Cait Etherington, writer and education/training consultant.

Photo: Simulation at the Innovative Immersive Technologies for Learning (IMTEL), Norway

But can mixed reality also be used to train workers in other contexts? A team of Norwegian researchers have found that mixed reality may have far broader applications, including training workers in the fish and agricultural sectors.

In June, Ekaterina Prasolova-Førland of the Innovative Immersive Technologies for Learning (IMTEL) Lab at Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway was in New York to share her research on mixed reality with educators, researchers and instructional designers at the 2018 International Conference on E-Learning in the Workplace.

What is Mixed Reality? 
Mixed reality is most often understood as a blending of the physical world with the digital world. The term mixed reality first appeared in a 1994 paper by Paul Milgram and Fumio Kishino, “A Taxonomy of Mixed Reality Visual Displays.” At the time Milgram and Kishino observed, “The conventionally held view of a Virtual Reality (VR) environment is one in which the participant-observer is totally immersed in, and able to interact with, a completely synthetic world. Such a world may mimic the properties of some real-world environments, either existing or fictional; however, it can also exceed the bounds of physical reality by creating a world in which the physical laws ordinarily governing space, time, mechanics, material properties, etc. no longer hold.”  They proposed that it may be more useful to explore what the called a “virtuality continuum,” and this continuum includes experiences that merge  real and virtual worlds, or mixed reality (MR).

Source: eLearningInside News

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