Deakin awarded for innovation in augmented reality

Deakin University has seen outstanding success at the 2016 Wharton-QS Stars Reimagine Education Awards, bringing home a win for the development of augmented reality platform DeakinAR.

The Awards – which were recently held in Philadelphia – are considered the ‘Oscars’ in the higher education sector, recognising innovative projects across learning tools, education apps, support services, teaching delivery, and much more.

With over 500 projects submitted by institutions from around the world, only 120 projects were shortlisted across the fifteen categories. Deakin was shortlisted in four awards categories and was successful in winning the Top Global Award in the discipline of Engineering and IT for DeakinAR.

Deakin was shortlisted in four awards categories and was successful in winning the Top Global Award in the discipline of Engineering and IT for DeakinAR.

The DeakinAR project is part of Deakin’s ambitious ‘Immersive Digital Reality’ strategy, which incorporates Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) and mixed/blended reality. AR technologies offer a live view of the real world supplemented by computer-generated inputs like video or graphics.

Commencing this year, DeakinAR is a three-phase, multi-year project. Phase 1 has seen AR experiences delivered across teaching and learning, campus experience and student services and support. These include the cARdiac ECG app which enables medicine students to perform an electrocardiogram; the Discover Deakin AR campus orientation for prospective students and visitors; and the Deakin University English Language Institute (DUELI) is exploring the use of AR for international student support.

Representing Deakin at the awards event, Chief Digital Officer William Confalonieri said this win is a reflection of Deakin’s commitment to driving innovation throughout all aspects of the higher education journey.

‘It is such an honour to receive this prestigious award,’ Mr Confalonieri said. ‘Especially on an international stage in competition with hundreds of universities from around the world.

Chief Digital Officer William Confalonieri at the 2016 Wharton-QS Stars Reimagine Education Awards 

‘We recognised early the huge potential of Augmented Reality and, over the last two years, we have extensively explored this domain,’ he added.

‘Deakin’s vision is to deliver a borderless and personalised education experience through premium digital engagement, and to remain Australia’s premier university in driving the digital frontier,’ Mr Confalonieri continued. ‘Winning this award, amongst other achievements, has confirmed that we are achieving our goals.’

The win follows Deakin’s success at the 2015 QS-Wharton Reimagine Education Awards where the University took first place for the ICT Support and Services Award category for its implementation of its ground-breaking cognitive computing platform IBM Watson, as well as receiving third place in the Oceania Regional Award category for its implementation of Deakin Anywhere, an innovative and integrated set of communication, productivity and collaboration tools that allow students, researchers and staff to study and work wherever they choose or need to be.

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