FVTC brings augmented reality into the classroom

Appleton, Wis. (WFRV) - New technology is always improving the way we interact and communicate, and now colleges hope to do the same with learning.  Fox Valley Technical College hopes a new device will transform the future of their diesel technology program.

It's called Microsoft Hololens, and it's the latest in augmented reality glasses.  FVTC purchased four glasses, with a cost around $3000 dollars a piece. 

"It's going to allow students to see things and understand things that they could never see and truly understand before," said Josh Janikowski, the multimedia programmer at the college.

The students and teachers will put on the Hololens glasses to see and manipulate a virtual diesel engine right in front of them, bringing the learning experience up close and personal.

Software brings a full scale, 15-liter Cummins diesel engine to life, the same engine students would study in class. 

"It's one thing to talk about what goes on inside it, and it's another thing to take it apart physically and look at it, but to see everything in motion and work together is just so much easier to understand," said Ethan Schenkenberger, a student in the diesel program.

The college says the new glasses won't take away any of the hands-on activities already in the program.  Instead, it will enhance them.  Instructors say the new technology will allow students to see things inside the engine that are normally hidden to human eyes.

 

These are headsets that could one day transform any program within FVTC, and bring a new desire and interest to student learning.

The Health Sciences Department at Fox Valley Tech will work with the Hololens starting next week.


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