Why Immersive Learning is a Benefit to Your Internal Training Developments

Designing Digitally

12/17/2019

immersive learning

Audiobooks, ebooks, podcasts, online learning, and MOOCs are all evolutions of traditional learning models. The next generation of employees has information at their fingertips. They are starved for knowledge and can access it at any point from their handheld devices, but how does that translate into workplace skill development?

Using Powerpoint presentations and YouTube videos may be sufficient in certain situations, but the knowledge-hungry workers of today need more to keep them engaged. Enter into immersive learning! This innovative way of acquiring knowledge involves the latest technological advancements. These new technologies help shape simulated experiences that generate real-world results:

- Augmented Reality

- Virtual Reality

- Mixed Reality

- Multimedia Modules

Your company and employees will grow exponentially as they learn from immersive training environments. Simulations allow you to effectively teach new hires. They also help loyal employees reach new levels in their careers. Your staff will gain experience and know-how before applying it in real-world situations. Plus, this learning method allows you to collect real-time data on how your employees are interacting with the simulation. You can then use the data to modify and improve your course material.

Read also: How to Leverage VR Training to Create Better Onboarding Experiences

Fast Learning, Fast Application

Many companies are already using this new educational model. They enable their employees' continual growth. Microsoft, Google, Lifeliqe, and Unity Technologies are pushing the boundaries of immersive learning. Their immersive training environments allow learners to experience information like never before. We learn better from experience. So, real-world simulations have an incredible impact on the workforce.

We all know that soon after finishing a boring class, we tend to forget somewhere around 50% of the material. The more time passes, the more we forget, especially if we don't apply what we've learned in the real world. The benefits of immersive learning transcend the traditional classroom setting. They lead to immediate results. This type of learning presents the student with:

  • Engaging content (VR, AR, MR, etc.)

  • The immediate application of learned material (through real-world simulations)

  • Learning through play (as in the case of gamification and game-based learning)

  • The option to review the content whenever needed

Read also: Simulated Training and Overcoming the Forgetting Curve

Captivating Storytelling

Immersive learning brings storytelling to a whole new level. Employees can become part of the story and explore the landscape of the learning material in real-time. Through the use of augmented reality, they can:

- Learn machine functionality

- Problem-solve customer service issues

- Gain in-depth knowledge of an online platform, and beyond

Next-Level Mobile Learning

The mobility element, together with bite-size modules, creates a powerful learning environment. Employees can achieve expertise in their own time, at their own pace, and through their preferred operating mode. Short spurs of applied learning get incorporated seamlessly into their knowledge-base.

Fun Learning

The fun factor makes learning easy. Learning through play is a natural aptitude of all human beings. Gamification and game-based learning bring playfulness into the workspace. Employees are more satisfied and highly-inclined to engage in training courses if the learning setting is fun. Course material retention improves and employees are enabled to re-apply it in the real world.

End the Fear of Failure

A big differentiator of immersive learning is the option of failing safely. Since the experience is simulated, the fear of making mistakes dissipates. This innovative learning mode replaces anxiety in the face of failure with excitement for playing the game. Employees can retake the same module until they've mastered it.

Brain Stimulation

The brain's plasticity enables each of us as life-long learners. The saying 'use it or you’ll lose it' holds true in the case of how able our brain is to retaining information and making it stick. Immersive training environments enable the learner to use all their senses. They may not actually be able to touch the object of their learning but their brain will react as if they did. Sensory stimulation happens directly in the brain receptors. So, learning by using all senses leads to comprehensive understanding.

Read also: 7 Key Elements of VR Training to Boost Employee Engagement and Retention

Theory in Practice

Virtual simulations allow your employees to receive relevant information in small installments. And, simulations permit them to apply it straight away. Learning by doing is a very powerful tool for increasing employee productivity, efficiency, and skill level. Immersive learning grants experimentation with real-life situations, while removing the risks.

Read also: Business Training Simulations: The Benefits of Learning by Doing

Conclusion

Immersive learning and training environments combine scalable and efficient learning. It enables microlearning and training personalization while outputting immediate, tangible results. Plus, it saves time and money! Arm yourself with more info on the topic, and figure out which innovative learning technology works best within your company. When in doubt, ask the experts! We can outline an immersive learning plan customized to your unique business and employee needs.

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