SIT shone at the recent Tertiary ICT Conference in Hamilton, taking out the Microsoft Innovation award for their state-of-the-art Augmented Reality teaching tools; Hololens and Soldamatic Welders.
The award recognises excellence in extreme or utterly new use of technology in a tertiary environment, and the judges were excited by the significant learning benefits of SIT’s entry and praised the close collaboration between the Information Technology Services team and academic staff from the School of Nursing and School of Engineering in implementing the two solutions.
SIT Chief Executive Penny Simmonds is delighted that SIT’s innovative reputation has been recognised with the award. “This shows SIT’s capability to lead programme development by using the very best technology available for our students, thereby ensuring they have the highest quality learning opportunities.”
The Hololens is an Augmented Reality headset used by students in SIT’s Nursing programmes and offers apps for students to learn anatomy and assess holographic patients to diagnose medical conditions while the School of Engineering uses the Soldamatic welding stations to safely teach beginner to advanced welding skills.
Both solutions allow students to learn in a visual way, and to collaborate in a group environment in near real-life scenarios, while tutors can monitor activity and provide instant feedback within the simulations. Students can then replay their work to receive further guidance and support.
Nick Elder, SIT’s Chief Information Officer is keen to develop SIT’s expertise with these technologies. “We are amongst the very first in New Zealand to adopt these technologies, and we’re working to grow the use of Augmented Reality in even more programmes. It’s a revolutionary technology, and to be among the earliest adopters shows how progressive SIT is.”
More information is available on the SIT Technology page
Photo: l to r:
Brad Vines - Executive Director, Information Technology, Wintec
Dylan Reeves – Senior Systems Engineer, Southern Institute of Technology
Nick Elder – CIO, Southern Institute of Technology
Anne Taylor - Education Lead, Microsoft
Photo credit: Microsoft New Zealand