Continuous Professional Development

Introduction to eXtended reality (XR)

Course Summary

Have you ever heard of eXtended Reality (XR), Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), or the Metaverse recently? Or perhaps you have heard or seen Apple’s incredible AR capabilities through innovative Lidar sensors or Facebook’s concept of AR glasses which are controlled by a wristwatch?

All these new innovations will exist in our exciting digital future. Nearly all well-known tech giants are investing into extended reality in one form or another and this shift towards spatial computing is expected to transform the way we consume and interact with the digital world. 

Take part in this self-directed online course and gain an overview of cutting-edge XR technologies. Find out about the technology in situ through our industrial case studies, discover the generic workflow used to develop XR applications, and learn about developing a business case for deployment considerations.

A basic understanding of extended reality and programming is useful but not essential in order to complete this programme. 

This course is funded by the Scottish Government through its flagship programme, National Transition Training Funding (NTTF) to support people who currently live in Scotland and who have lost their jobs or who are at risk of redundancy as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19).
As a condition of this grant, we are required to gather certain data to carry out certain identity/eligibility checks for our learners.
  • Introduction to XR concepts - What are AR, VR and MR? 
  • Overview of Workflow 
  • Design Framework - Concept to Prototype 
  • Finding and Creating 3D models 
  • Development Apps for XR - WebXR, Unity, Unreal or other? 
  • Prototyping and Testing XR apps 
  • Future of XR 
  • Economics and Job Market 
  • Further Learning Options 
  • Close 

Participants taking part in this course will: 

  • Gain a broad overview of augmented, virtual reality, and mixed reality 
  • Develop an understanding of the workflow to develop XR applications  
  • Discover future business trends and relevant jobs in the field  

This course is for any professional or recent graduate that has an interest in the digital field and is enthusiastic about upskilling and learning the basics about augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR). 

The course will also benefit manufacturing engineers in the industry who would like to upskill and learn about the steps required to develop a business case for AR/VR deployment.

This course is being delivered by Awais Munamar from the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland's Digital team. Find out more about our Digital factory here

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Dates & Venues

DateAvailable now
LocationSelf-directed online learning
DurationTwo to three hours approximately
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