Facts at a glance
Deploy a technologically advanced solution to address bottlenecks in the training process and support the delivery of educational content to students.
MR training and education through Microsoft® HoloLens® 2, a self-contained holographic computer
- Microsoft HoloLens 2 hardware & software deployment
- Training modules, including Microsoft Dynamics 365® Guides
- HoloLens 2 workshop
- Custom immersive-experience development
- Consulting Services
Benefits & outcomes:
- Enhanced training through MR
- Elimination of training bottlenecks
- Ability for students to learn at their own pace
- Recruitment selling point for Niagara College
Niagara College Canada doesn’t need a Mixed Reality (MR) headset to see it’s exactly what the future of training holds — at least not anymore. With its Microsoft HoloLens 2, the college is now leveraging a state-of-the-art delivery mechanism for educational content, getting students up to speed on new equipment rolled out in its mechatronics lab more efficiently by minimizing bottlenecks in the training process.
Niagara College first submitted a request for proposal to Insight, one of just a select few resellers of the self-contained holographic system in Canada. Ultimately, the Welland, Ontario higher-education institution, which features a student body of 10,500 full-time students, leveraged the hardware and accompanying training, helping professors master the device before passing on access to students.
The Insight platform services team delivered a workshop in person on the ins and outs of the hardware and its software. The training modules ranged from a device introduction to one devoted solely to Microsoft Dynamics 365 Guides, a scripted-training application that holographically and interactively combines visual models and tools.
HoloLens 2 was right in line with what Niagara had hoped for to resolve its training pain points. The technologically advanced solution enables seamless interaction with holographic elements promoting, in this specific instance, more efficient operation of the mechatronics equipment through the use of pictures, text guidance and custom 3D models.
The first step of the engagement consisted of going over with Niagara College the nature of the training it wanted to modernize. The training needed to fit the needs of the staff available, which was one of the biggest challenges Niagara had been facing.
The next step of the process had professors take on the role of students, learning all they could about the HoloLens 2. The training was provided to instructors before the fall semester; this way, they’d be familiar with the device and could build out material in the Dynamics 365 Guides app to ensure they had a complete curriculum for students.
Once implemented, the students could then tackle their respective curriculums at their own pace. Additionally, students have the ability to digitally reach out to their professors to support their learning process. All the while, they’re taking advantage of the MR educational experience, which is the primary selling point of the device. As a result, HoloLens 2 is also quickly becoming a selling point of the school itself.
According to the Niagara College recruitment department, the adoption of an emerging technology like MR, through HoloLens 2, is something that sets the school apart from other educational institutions. John Da Silva, associate dean of the School of Technology, is even in discussion with Insight to develop a custom immersive experience to explore curriculum options, which would further position HoloLens 2 as a marketing and recruitment asset. In fact, attendance and enrollment numbers were contributing factors in the decision to launch the device as a cornerstone of the mechanical-engineering curriculum in the first place.
After experiencing the benefits in just its first semester with the HoloLens 2, Niagara College is excited about the prospect of expanding use of the hardware to other areas of the curriculum. The college has also enquired about purchasing additional HoloLens 2 units from Insight to meet campus demand.
Having delivered the training on-site, Insight was able to glean how impactful this training modernization was directly from the client. The partnership itself is projected to be long-lasting, with MR training set to become an educational staple for years to come.