Learning languages made easy with AR
Hueber Verlag is a traditional Bavarian publishing company, that specializes in language textbooks. To help students learn better through easy access to audio and video files, the company has been creating augmented reality apps that accompany their textbooks. Instead of relying on a CD player, students can simply use their smartphones to scan a textbook page and reveal related digital content.
The Hueber publishing house provides teaching materials for over 30 language programs ranging from textbooks and self-study materials, dictionaries and grammars, audiobooks and reading material as well as specialist literature. To complement their courses and compliment their constant lookout for new forms of learning and teaching, Hueber Verlag introduces AR into the learning environment. How? They are providing AR apps to accompany their various course books.
With a great number of textbooks and language courses in circulation, the publisher has already provided over 30 apps for both Android and iOS. Students can download the desired volumes at Google Play or the App Store.
Hueber Verlag’s AR apps are free of charge. Students use them to scan pages of corresponding books to reveal digital icons and play audio or video files related to the lessons. A simple scan of the page to reveal the digital content is practical, fast, and intuitive. Students that have loaded several books, can use the menu bar to switch between individual volumes or simply use the camera to scan the book cover to go directly to the desired volume or to load the data for the selected book.
The app developers are using Wikitude Image Recognition technology to scan and reveal the augmented content that gives students access to the additional lesson files. This form of media access is very much in tune with today’s modern reality in which, for the publisher’s public, it is far more common to have access to a smart device than a soon-to-be-obsolete disk player.
The publisher Hueber Verlag strives to keep its programs always up-to-date. Therefore, the company has been expanding its range of interactive media since the early 1990s. Being amongst the first to include AR in language learning programs, Hueber Verlag clearly demonstrates its commitment to innovation and quality.