Virtual & Augmented Reality is Starting to Challenge Traditional Education

Mariya Faryna The Blog

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In June 2018, Centennial College and MetaVRse came together to talk about the endless possibilities of Virtual and Augmented Reality (XR) technology, particularly for education.

Centennial College is one of the top hospitality schools in Canada/North America; and Dean Joe Baker is constantly looking for new ways to innovate and engage students in their learning. With XR technology becoming more and more popular, Dean Baker was looking to integrate this technology in the hospitality school. MetaVRse is an XR consulting and marketing company, with a massive knowledge base about the industry and its potential for growth.

The day kicked off with a riveting keynote “The State of XR & Education” by Alan Smithson, the CEO of MetaVRse.  This information packed presentation included a review of key industry terms and technology with a comprehensive recap of current XR products, softwares and headsets.  Building on this knowledge, the second half of the keynote focused on real-world use cases including AR Menus, VR Training and Computer Vision for food service workers showing how completely revolutionary and versatile XR technology is.

“The XR technologies that will be implemented will supplement the current hospitality curriculum, challenging the traditional methods of teaching and creating a new standard for enhanced education” commented Dean Baker.

After an immersive hands-on demo of many XR products (Oculus Go, HTC Vive, Microsoft Hololens, etc.), team members from both MetaVRse and the faculty of Centennial College all weighed in to brainstorm different ways that XR can complement students’ education.

Many ideas were bounced around, from something simple like 360º filming of the facility, to an AR student handbook, to AR training, and everything in between. The end result was a list of potential projects for Centennial College, organized into a 1-3-5 year strategic roadmap.

So, why XR?

There are studies showing that immersive technology may actually be the future of learning. Most recently, there has been a study done by the University of Saskatchewan that shows that medical students experienced improved learning when using VR headsets. It makes sense, a 3D model of the human body is much easier to comprehend than a textbook. Additionally, in a traditional classroom, students can become distracted by their phone, classmates, or things around the room. However, when wearing a VR headset the distractions are limited, and they’re minimal. This is just one of the reasons why this technology may become the standard for education one day. 

In addition to education, there are endless applications for XR across every industry. If you are interested in seeing the potential for XR in your company’s field, please contact us to book your own custom “ARt of the Possible” workshop.



Over the past 50 years, Centennial College has transformed itself from a local community college to a worldly institution, with a presence in countries like China, India, South Korea and Brazil.  Our focus has always been on preparing graduates to enter the workforce, while teaching our students to be leaders. We’ve worked to build lasting partnerships with local communities, while preparing our graduates to succeed globally.


MetaVRse is a global leader in XR Product Development & vCommerce solutions (Virtual & Augmented Reality for Retail and eCommerce).  From concept to development, MetaVRse invents and builds cutting-edge products for innovative organizations that drive results.