Mixed reality and the future of storytelling

It is technologies like virtual, augmented and mixed realities that are helping define the future of storytelling. They are changing how we experience the world around us – from entertainment and art, to commerce and classrooms. This will enhance the way we consume information and how we experience the world. Creative businesses, researchers and technology experts are coming together to create striking new interactive experiences that captivate users and address the needs of the audience of the future. 

The Evolution of Storytelling – The Rise of Augmented & Virtual Reality

Why we should bring mixed reality storytelling into our learning

When taking the education lens, as we move further towards self-paced blended learning environments, we should aim to give students an impactful, engaging and interactive learning journey that inspires and enthuses them. This will help students take on even more knowledge and see first-hand how it can be applied. These days, everyone has their eyes and ears in their devices, and we can leverage off these behaviours to give the audience, in this case students, a truly active ‘story-teaching’ experience in their courses. 

The aim is to give our students a similar emotional connection that the very best facetoface teachers provide. It’s the emotional connection to our learning that can drive results. Immersive storytelling can be the key to building that emotional connection because communication through stories has always been at the core of our human experience. It is the tool we use to make sense of events and connect with the world around us. 

Indigital – Using AR for Aboriginal storytelling


Adobe is collaborating with artists to explore the future of immersive storytelling.

Between Worlds: Augmented Reality in Storytelling. A look at the interactive augmented reality features in Skip Brittenham’s book, Between Worlds.

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Mixed reality is opening up our sense of storytelling due to its unique ability to merge the roles of the listener and the storyteller. As a result, the emotional responses are much more powerful than any other storytelling medium that has come before. We can now advance a new storytelling language—one that deconstructs and recomposes the elements of story (or a learning case study) for this new and powerful interactive and immersive medium. 

Take a look at the videos below to see RMIT venturing into the world of mixed reality communication.

Mixed Reality case study for RMIT’s Financial Advisory Practice Ethical Decision Making.

Developed by the Learning and Teaching Portfolio CoB

Applying Augmented Reality to Innovating Pedagogy at RMIT’s College of Business Learning and Teaching Portfolio.

Launched by RMIT’s Centre for Digital Enterprise (C4DE) the app, XR LearnHub, is the first augmented reality tool of its kind designed specifically for workplace training and vocational education.

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