Assessing the Applicability of 3D Holographic Technology as an Enhanced Technology for Distance Learning

Authors: Pradeep Kalansooriya, Ashu Marasinghe & K.M.D.N. Bandara, Nagaoka University, Japan
Published: August 2015

Citation: Kalansooriya, P., Marasinghe, A., & Bandara, K. M. D. N. (2015). Assessing the Applicability of 3D Holographic Technology as an Enhanced Technology for Distance Learning. IAFOR Journal of Education, 3(SE).


Distance learning has provided an excellent platform for students in geographically remote locations while enabling them to learn at their own pace and convenience. A number of technologies are currently being utilized to conceptualize, design, enhance and foster distance learning. Teleconferences, electronic field trips, podcasts, webinars, video conferencing and online courses are among such technologies used in providing distance learning opportunities. However limitations in those existing technologies have affected to the increase of distance learners dropout rates. As an attempt to overcome the limitations in the currently adopted distance learning practices, the study aims to utilize 3D Hologram Technology (3DHT) in the Engineering discipline. 3D hologram facilitates live and life size 3D telepresence that can interact with remote audiences. A survey had been conducted, using Delphi Technique to gather data from the experts in the field to evaluate the potential of 3DHT over existing technologies. Results of the survey suggested that 3DHT as a good distance learning technology and have the potential of overcoming existing limitations. Lack of infrastructure, High initial cost of infrastructure and Lack of technical know how are the main encounters identified by the experts in the sample. It is expected to develop a classroom environment with 3DHT and to evaluate its effectiveness for the distance learning in the next stage of the study.


distance learning, 3D hologram technology, 3D telepresence, classroom environment