Mixed Technologies – VR/AR for small and medium-sized enterprises

Virtual reality and augmented reality (VR/AR) are – as well as other forms of digital learning – gaining increasing importance in the training of skilled workers. They enable an intensive visual impression of artifacts and processes that are too complex, too costly, or too risky for direct interaction in a learning context.

In the meantime, companies are increasingly focusing on these forms of continuing education. At the same time, significant difficulties in the implementation and further use of VR/AR are frequently reported, and practical experiences are not always positive. There are difficulties in terms of content, technology and didactics as well as a complex technical implementation process and high costs. The new technology is perceived as interesting, but does not lead to truly deeper learning. A functioning technology does not yet ensure that it is used for its intended purpose and combined with other (digital) learning methods in a meaningful way.

The task of the project is to clarify which technologies are to be preferred in a specific use case, i.e. where and when which hardware (tablet vs. headset vs. laptop, etc.) and which medial presentation (VR vs. AR vs. computer-mediated vs. physical) could be most useful and cost-effective. In addition, it will be clarified how these technologies and didactic elements can best be combined in a specific learning unit, in specific frameworks, and for different application cases.


The project

  • organizes an exchange of experiences among practitioners,
  • works out how targeted, cost-effective, and flexible VR/AR solutions can be designed, and
  • develops a basis for the development of VR/AR solutions.
  • develops concepts and guidelines based on this, which show how a targeted and effective use of VR/AR in continuing education can be achieved.

Strategic Alliance

Sustainum has been coordinating a Strategic Alliance since April 2021 to work on this project at the EU level.

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