Use of Extended Reality (XR) Spectrum for Education and Training: Trends, Applications and Impact

A special issue of Electronics (ISSN 2079-9292). This special issue belongs to the section "Electronic Multimedia".

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Department of Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Žilina, 01026 Žilina, Slovakia
Interests: virtual reality; augmented reality; education
Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Žilina, 01026 Žilina, Slovakia
Interests: industrial engineering; operations management; inventory control; logistics; warehousing; lean manufacturing; manufacturing system design; digital factory; virtual and augmented reality
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Dear Colleagues,

With the rapid development of technology and the creation of new systems and applications, new challenges arise in their application in the field of education. The extended reality (XR) spectrum offers a significant scope for research of this type, with the challenge of creating interactive training sessions, educational applications, and educational games. At the same time, this allows the use of a diverse range of technical devices, from the commonly available ones such as tablets and smartphones, to the more technically advanced ones such as glasses, motion platforms and gloves for virtual reality.

In this Special Issue, our aim is to introduce new approaches in the creation of digital environments not only for the field of education, but also for industrial practice environments where learning is becoming a natural phenomenon. The focus is on interaction, engagement, motivation and self-learning. At the same time, the research must take care to be realistic, ,meaning that it should not only consist of the audiovisual aspects of interactive training and educational games, but also of the right choice of elements from practice. Research should also be complemented by longitudinal studies that investigate the impact of the use of technical means for augmented reality, virtual reality and mixed reality on the user themselves, their positive and negative experiences and their impact on their cognitive abilities.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Interactive training in education;
  • Interactive training in industrial practice;
  • Interactive training in other practice;
  • Educational games in AR, VR, and MR;
  • Studies about the impact of AR, VR, and MR technologies on users;
  • Applications of the XR spectrum for training and education;
  • Case studies;
  • Training centers.

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Prof. Dr. Martin Krajcovic
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • augmented reality
  • mixed reality
  • augmented virtuality
  • virtual reality
  • impact of AR, VR, MR technologies
  • extended reality spectrum
  • education
  • new trends in XR spectrum
  • educational game
  • interactive training

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Contactless Multi-User Virtual Hair Design Synthesis
Electronics 2023, 12(17), 3686; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics12173686 - 31 Aug 2023
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This study introduces a virtual reality (VR)-based remote hair design training system that addresses the limitations of physical presence. By leveraging virtual environments and eliminating the need for tangible tools, this system allows hairstylists and learners to collaborate and master hair-design techniques from [...] Read more.
This study introduces a virtual reality (VR)-based remote hair design training system that addresses the limitations of physical presence. By leveraging virtual environments and eliminating the need for tangible tools, this system allows hairstylists and learners to collaborate and master hair-design techniques from a distance. In this approach, a section of a user’s hair was derived from their photograph, and during the training, the most compatible 3D hair model was integrated with the user’s 3D avatar using the recommended matching procedure. This aligned hairstyle was subsequently incorporated into a 3D model for hair simulation. Further, VR HMD interaction mapping was used for hair cutting and styling. A collaborative environment for hair design has been crafted, enabling multiple participants to partake in remote hairstyle education. This system offers cost-effective training, enhances cooperative learning, and aligns with the requirements of contact-free education. In essence, this research has transformed remote hair design training with immersive VR technology. To verify the system’s accuracy, tests were conducted, and the results showcased enhancements in the matching procedure. Full article
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Asterisk as a Tool to Aid in Learning to Program
Electronics 2023, 12(5), 1160; https://doi.org/10.3390/electronics12051160 - 27 Feb 2023
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Programming is a key subject in many engineering programs. Students often perceive it as a difficult skill to master. There is extensive literature on helping students learn and improve to program, most of which focuses on K-12 education. However, due to the current [...] Read more.
Programming is a key subject in many engineering programs. Students often perceive it as a difficult skill to master. There is extensive literature on helping students learn and improve to program, most of which focuses on K-12 education. However, due to the current demand for workers with programming skills, more research must be conducted on techniques for learning programming at the higher education level. In this work, an analysis and evaluation of the usefulness of an Asterisk Private Branch Exchange (PBX) as an educational tool to improve the programming skills of students in higher education is presented. The study worked with undergraduate students in telecommunications engineering, with little work experience in programming, during the completion of their final year project. Results suggest that using Asterisk has a positive impact on the students’ perception of their programming knowledge and skills, as well as an increment in the interest and comfort regarding programming. Full article
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