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Introduction to Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality

Discover Extended Reality (XR) and learn how the power of this technology is being harnessed in a variety of industries.

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Introduction to Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality
  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    2 hours
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Discover how Extended Reality (XR) is transforming our world

From immersive experiences to providing simulation and therapy in health, Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR), collectively known as Extended Reality (XR), make it possible to go beyond the realm of what was previously thought.

On this course, you’ll explore the tools and technologies that support the features and applications of VR, AR and MR.

You’ll discover the basic concepts of creating VR, AR and MR experiences as well as the ethics involved in developing these kinds of applications. You’ll use published articles and hear from experts on how they’ve applied VR, AR and MR technology in their various fields.

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What topics will you cover?

  • The fundamentals of XR (VR, AR and MR)
  • The ethics surrounding the creation of XR applications
  • Careers/pathways in and skills in XR
  • The technologies and tools in creating XR projects

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe the basic concepts of VR, AR, and MR
  • Describe how XR is being used in industries beyond entertainment
  • Describe the potential benefits of using XR applications in the real world
  • Explore the tools and technologies used in XR
  • Identify the ethical considerations of developing XR applications
  • Identify the hallmarks of successful VR, AR and MR experiences

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in VR applications, understanding the features applied in creative dynamic VR application, or learning more about the technologies and domains of VR.

You might also be interested in the other courses in the Essential Creative Technologies collection from UAL Creative Computing Institute, Lancaster University and the Institute of Coding.

Who will you learn with?

Abe Karnik is a Lecturer in Human Computer Interaction at the Lancaster University. He is involved in creation of novel interactive systems including 3D displays, AR/VR environments and haptics.

BAFTA-winning Catherine Allen led the production of two of the BBC's first VR experiences. Now as CEO of Limina Immersive, she is best known for broadening creative VR's audience base in the UK.

Who developed the course?

Lancaster University

Lancaster University is a collegiate university, with a global reputation as a centre for research, scholarship and teaching with an emphasis on employability.

Institute of Coding

The Institute of Coding is a family of learners, businesses and educators creating a new way to develop the digital skills needed at work and beyond.

What's included?

Lancaster University are offering everyone who joins this course a free digital upgrade, so that you can experience the full benefits of studying online for free. This means that you get:

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • A PDF Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible
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