In the beginning of the year Softability created virtual learning environment with HoloLens application for Perho Culinary, Tourism & Business College. The application guides and instructs user to complete different work stages. With the application and HoloLens smart glasses students can practice working in a kitchen or in a dining room and at the same time check for example work instruction. HoloLens can store a lot of teaching material, so this feature was examined and further developed more based on Perho ́s needs.
Customer controls the content that is loaded into the application
This content editing tool works together with WordPress media library that is used to store all the external content for the HoloLens application. With WordPress and Softability’s web editing tool it’s easy to add, modify and update the HoloLens application wirelessly over the internet. Customer can control everything inside the application, texts, videos, pictures and PDF-files by themselves. HoloLens can also reload content during the use, so changes will be visible almost in a real time on user ́s browser and HoloLens application.
With editing tool Perho Culinary, Tourism & Business College can change application ́s appearance and duplicate it for example to test how the application works on other education sectors. It is also possible to store different configurations for the HoloLens, based on course selection for example. This way Perho can make changes into the application without extra costs and on their own schedule, and involve students to create content and update the application as a part of the studies.
HoloLens needs to be connected to WiFi to download new modified or added material in it, but already downloaded or locally stored text materials and 3D models are also available without WiFi.
“The goal is to further develop Perho HoloLens restaurant pilot environment more concrete for education and guidance use, and examine more widely is it possible to utilize it also in business and tourism studies. Now Perho HoloLens application version 1.5 enables to add restaurant and catering teaching materials, like texts, pictures, videos and pdf files, to the virtual learning environment. In the new version menus and navigation links can be added and changed, as well as the user interface of the application. With these features it is possible to examine if the application can be utilized also in business and tourism studies by adding education sectoral teaching material into the application”, primes Perho Culinary, Tourism & Business College ́s Career Coach and Lecturer Katja Winogradow.
Augmented Reality helps to proceed in a changing learning environment
“Perho Culinary, Tourism & Business College ́s working is based on customer-friendly and working life centric education and guidance. Our school proceeds student ́s, staff ́s and business ́s opportunities to develop digital and virtual reality skills to reply future working skills and requirements. Digital solutions have crucial meaning for efficient and individual learning paths and developing personal working skills”, says Perho Culinary, Tourism & Business College ́s Education Technology Development Manager and Lecturer Jarmo Åke, and continues:
“The need of making everything personal will grow more and more on every student. For that reason it needs to be available also in digital environments and services, as well as school ́s learning environments and workplaces. In future mixing virtual reality and reality enables developing new personal guidance and support services in different learning environments and supporting learning from the workplace.”
Mikael Bowellan, Lead Artist / Project Manager, mikael.bowellan(at)softability.fi
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