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Want to experience surfing in the waves but afraid of drowning?
Want to go parasailing but scared of heights?
Well, technology can help you here. It may not provide you with the exact sensation and thrill, but it can come close! Welcome to the world of 360 degree videos.
360 degree videos are recordings of real-world scenes in all directions. A viewer can see what’s happening not just in front of them, but to the sides and behind them as well. You can record 360 degree videos using special cameras that have multiple wide-angle lenses. You may compare the result to Virtual Reality (VR) videos, but viewers do not have to wear a special headset to watch them.
Now you may ask how are 360 degree videos different from regular videos. One word – immersive. In a flat video, the user looks at the frame of reference the creator provides. But in 360 degree videos, the user can look around and make choices in the video world. If you play one on a computer, you can use the mouse to click and drag the scene to different angles. If you view a 360 degree video on your phone, then you can actually turn it around in different directions, just like you would physically turn around to see what’s going on behind you.
Organizations have woken up to the power of these videos and are using it to showcase their products and services. Can you use it for training?
The answer is a resounding yes. 360 degree videos put your learners in the center of the action. Many eLearning courses include photos of specific locations, such as where things are shelved inside a storage room. 360 degree videos are fantastic options for situations where the learner needs to understand the layout or placement of people or items. A less-complicated option is 360 degree photography. This would not provide any interactivity for the learner, but is much more immersive and relatable than a single photo or group of photos.
Onboarding training can be a tiring process for new employees. Making them go through boring orientation sessions and asking them to review never-ending policy manuals could make them regret their decision to join your company! However, 360 degree videos have taken onboarding to a different level.
Apart from adding the fun factor to the onboarding program, a virtual delivery relieves unnecessary workload from the HR department. The monotonous processes and practices are automated. A case in point is Honeygrow, the Philadelphia based restaurant chain. Hardly a month after introducing virtual reality in employee onboarding, employees who completed the culture certification course rose to 77% from 50%.
Here are a few ways in which you can add a zing to your onboarding program.
We have created a virtual tour of our Designing Digitally using a 360 degree video camera. Feel free to explore our facility. We can customize and replicate this for your training needs.
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