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Leiden University starts VR experiments for education

How can virtual reality and augmented reality improve academic teaching? During the workshop 'Virtual and augmented reality for education', this question was explored and one of the most promising new devices in the field was introduced: the HoloLens.

Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are widely recognised to have a promising future in higher education.  For example, VR and AR have the potential to let students grasp difficult concepts better because they are projected in more dimensions. However, what the practical benefits are for teachers and students is still largely unknown and experimentation is needed. While devices become more readily available, the New Media Lab of the Centre for Innovation seeks to facilitate teachers who want to start experiments in their day to day education.


During the workshop the HoloLens by Microsoft was introduced for the first time in a Dutch academic environment. Leiden University collaborated with Head Candy to allow teachers to explore the ‘developers kit’ of the device. The HoloLens is essentially a holographic computer built into a headset that lets you see, hear, and interact with holograms within an environment such as a living room or an office space. The lens is the state of the art in AR devices and allows teachers to experience what future augmented reality experiences might be like.

New Media Lab

The New Media Lab  of the Centre for Innovation brings together teachers and creative professionals to explore new technologies such as Virtual and Augmented Reality, that will allow students to engage with them through purposeful projects that unite storytelling with innovative visual technologies.