About – IMTEL
Technology-enhanced learning as a field of research and practice increasingly operates in the intersection between the computer sciences, the humanities and the social sciences. Interdisciplinarity, interdisciplinarity or multidisciplinarity becomes necessary prerequisites for research on innovative learning technologies. IMTEL (Innovative Immersive Technologies for Learning) is based on the idea of bringing various types of competence and interests together. Today, an increasing proportion of dissemination, presentation, communication and collaboration will occur through ICT-mediated channels. The on-going digital transformation represents a challenge for the education system and captures the tension between tradition and innovation. This applies to both the students' expectations for education and training and the teaching staff. At the same time, the onset of the 4th Industrial Revolution (‘Industry 4.0’) imposes new demands on Western economies that must achieve a dramatic increase in the number of highly-qualified and -skilled workers in order to stay competitive. These challenges will be met with innovative technologies for learning developed in close proximity to the field of practice.
Examples of such technologies, immersive technologies, as an umbrella term for virtual, augmented reality and mixed reality (VR/AR/MR), have had an explosive development in recent years and opens great opportunities in the context of education. Hardware and software are becoming more available and affordable. As learning environments, these technologies afford immersive and explorative learning spaces, well suited for developing high-impact pedagogies. These include:
- "Risk free" and realistic enactment and training in risky environments, e.g. exploring Chernobyl, outer space, war zones, sea deep and emergency sites in VR
- Simulation based pedagogies, e.g. 3D visualizations and simulations in a virtual lab or operating room.
- Training of collaborative skills (in distance as well as on-site training) where students can work together in custom-made work areas such as virtual hospitals or labs.
- Professional training programs, e.g. performance augmentation and skills acquisition with AR
IMTEL group researches innovative immersive technologies for learning in several contexts, ranging from university education to emergency and medical training and workplace training. The group has founded and actively uses ‘Lifelong learning’ VR lab that is now a part of the NTNU VRlab network connecting NTNU campuses in Trondheim, Gjøvik and Ålesund with innovative VR learning spaces. The lab is a top-modern and unique research facility devoted to educational immersive technologies without equal in Norway. The lab serves as a hub for cross-disciplinary research activities, including students and researchers from IT, Teacher education, Geography, Music, Psychology, Cybernetics, Medicine and other disciplines. The group collaborates actively with representatives for industry and public sector, including NAV, local schools, maritime industry, local IT companies, as well as leading European universities such as Oxford Brookes University.
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- Denne teknologien vil styre livet ditt i fremtiden – VG
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- Virtual reality technology applied to salmon farming – Aquaculture
- Simulering på et nytt nivå – Sykepleien.no