Augmented and Virtual Reality, an alternative platform for education?

Welcome to the second ‘Big Picture’ event!

Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) have the potential to have a significant impact in many industries, including the content and delivery of education services. Recent technical advancements and global investment in VR ($4b since 2010!) have accelerated the practical uses of VR far beyond flight simulators and gaming. But is it really an alternative platform for education?

This event featured perspectives from people who are already experimenting, teaching and pushing the boundaries in AR and VR. In this recording, you’ll hear a brief history of A/VR, the ways in which A/VR is impacting various industries and applications in the education sector.

See below to view the slides from The Big Picture presentation


Maria Spies leads the Learning and Teaching function, driving innovation across curriculum, teaching and the student experience. The unit delivers academic development, learning design and learning technology services to Navitas’ global network of colleges. Maria also leads the digital learning futures portfolio for Navitas Ventures, which focuses on investing, partnering and incubating ideas, people and organisations that represent the future of education.

Patrick Catanzariti or ‘PatCat’ is the founder of Dev Diner, a site that explores developing for emerging tech such as virtual and augmented reality, the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and wearables. He is a SitePoint contributing editor for emerging tech, an instructor at SitePoint Premium and O’Reilly, a Meta Pioneer and freelance developer.

Dr Luke McMillan holds a PhD in Game Design and undergraduate qualifications in Popular Music and Game Audio. Luke’s area of specialization is in the field of Rational Design for games and how nostalgia can be used to inform consumer models for game development.

Lazaros Kastanis has a masters in Remote Sensing and is currently completing a PhD in the use of Virtual Reality techniques in the reconstruction of lost archaeological structures. Lazaros is the Department Coordinator of games at SAE Brisbane and his primary role is overseeing of teaching, projects and quality assurance within the department.