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  • Writer's pictureSarah Ruivivar

Holographic Lectures: The Future of University Learning

Imagine attending a physics lecture from Albert Einstein or a design masterclass from Coco Chanel!

Sounds like a dream, right? Well, this could soon be a reality for students in the UK. Loughborough University is pioneering the use of holographic technology to beam in guest lecturers from around the globe. It's a thrilling development that's sure to shake up the academic world.

This trailblazing university is the first in Europe to explore the applications of this technology. Their plan? To bring in sports scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to teach fashion students how to create immersive shows. Even management students will be tested on navigating tricky business scenarios with this tech.

According to Prof Vikki Locke, Director of Undergraduate Studies at Loughborough Business School, students are absolutely smitten with the technology. They're even clamouring for selfies with the holographic gadget! The engagement level with a 3D holographic image is significantly higher compared to a 2D person on a screen.

LA-based company, Proto, is behind this innovative technology. Proto's holographic units are already being used by companies like BT and IBM to reduce corporate travel. The company's founder, David Nussbaum, believes that they could soon bring some of the 20th century’s greatest thinkers back from the dead.

The technology is set to be formally introduced into the curriculum in 2025 after a year of experimentation. It's not only an exciting development for students but also aligns with the university's sustainability strategy. By reducing the need to fly in guest speakers and facilitating international research collaborations, the university is making strides towards a more sustainable future.

So, are you ready for the future of learning? With holographic lecturers, the future is already here!

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