The world is entering a new age of learning, training and engagement. An increase in the speed of change in the workplace, the fast turnaround of new products, and the need to operate in different and hypothetical spaces are all putting a demand on new methods to educate and train employers, employees, citizens, audiences – essentially anybody and everybody. The current mass adoption of both Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) is affording the opportunity to incorporate these technologies into a variety of applications for learning.
The occurrences of using VR for safety training began picking up steam back in 2014. As a complimentary tool to eLearning courses, PowerPoint presentations and videos, construction and energy companies began utilizing VR so that they could familiarize themselves with dangerous job sites without actually injuring the risk of on-site education. The health industries followed suit as “surgeons in the making” began performing complex surgeries in VR before transferring their skill set to a living human. Walmart now uses VR in onboarding for every new employee, and UPS is using VR to train its drivers. Studies have consistently supported an increase in retention through the use of VR. Additional fun experiments, like one conducted by Google, comparing VR to YouTube in its ability to teach someone how to make an espresso. Then experiment demonstrated that VR engagement decreased errors operation and increased speed in the completion of tasks.
Hot on the heels of Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality is primed to dominate training in the immediate future, projected to turn the AR/VR space into a $108 Billion industry by 2021 – in which education and training will play a big part. Of course, like any other evolution in education and training, AR should be used as an addition or enhancement to existing methods and platforms. With companies like Facebook, Google, Apple, and Microsoft investing heavily in AR, it may very well be as widely adopted as smartphones inside the next decade, and AR “how-to’s” have the capacity to overtake YouTube. AR has already demonstrated the following benefits:
- Increased understanding of content
- Learning spatial structure and function
- Long-term memory retention
- Increased motivation
- Increased engagement
- Improved collaboration
The applications are limitless and the potential will remake every current and future industry on the planet (and beyond).
So, how do you get on the cutting edge of AR and VR training?
V Learning, a division of V Strategies, employs a Blended Visual Learning™ approach to education and leverages the power of Augmented and Virtual reality. Combining these with traditional teaching methods and mediums along with advanced Learning management Systems (LMS), we build out comprehensive and custom learning solutions specific to your operation.
Explore the new world of education at vlearning.ca and get in touch with us to learn how we can harness the power of Blended Visual Learning™ and AR/VR for your business