A phone held up to buildings triggers digital information that comes with augmented reality apps.

5 ways augmented reality apps are changing the game on college campuses

Here's how higher ed is using augmented reality apps to take academics and engagement to the next level

2. Cal Poly Pomona uses augmented reality in its Pokemon Go AR library orientation and scavenger hunt. The “orientation” lets students, through use of the Aurasma app on their own devices or with a device borrowed from the library, walk through the library and find videos about varying services and the basics of finding information.

3. SUNY Orange is using AR to implement a student recruitment campaign. Imagination Park will enable SUNY Orange students to point their phones at logos, signs, posters, and landmarks on and around campus to view or retrieve school news, updates, retailer coupons, messages, videos and more. The app presents students with a new world of interactive entertainment options while at SUNY Orange campuses in Middletown and Newburgh, New York. “We plan on using AR in conjunction with our students’ return to campus in August in order to enhance their SUNY Orange experience,” says Vinnie Cazzetta, SUNY Orange’s vice president for institutional advancement. “We host a series of events that welcome new and returning students alike back to our campuses. In conjunction with those events, and throughout the semester, we’ll use augmented reality to help direct students to those support services that are so critical to their academic success.”

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4. Students of the Creative Media and Digital Culture program at Washington State University Vancouver created an AR app to engage visitors with the history and story of a local boarding school and orphanage. The app offers insight into the nuns who worked there and the students who attended Providence Academy in downtown Vancouver, WA. Students also developed an interactive website with a digital timeline that further showcases the accolades of Mother Joseph and accompanies the content of the application.

5. The cARdiac ECG AR app is an engaging and practical way to start learning about the ECG and heart fundamentals through augmented reality. Developed by Deakin University’s School of Medicine and Eon Reality, the app leads users on an interactive journey to explore the fundamental concepts of cardiac anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology relevant to the ECG.

Laura Ascione