This innovation, the first of its kind in Philippine maritime education, is pioneered by Seaversity, a company that offers maritime schools and training centers with gamified learning systems brought to life by augmented reality and virtual reality programs and applications to simplify blended learning.
The AR/VR programs are the brainchild of Filipino IT experts, seafaring veterans and training specialists led by Ephrem Dela Cerna Jr., a marine engineer who was part of Project Alpha scholars of the University of Cebu.
Dela Cerna’s inventions were conceptualized five years before the pandemic heeled the world to its knees. It was 2015 when, as a maritime educator, he ultimately hit the wall in trying to illustrate to cadets how massive a ship’s engine is.
“I had to give them an idea of how enormous an engine is, its internals, and flow of dynamics. Words and pictures were not enough,” Dela Cerna said.
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