The Promise of Virtual Experiences in Education
The average person today changes jobs 10 to 15 times during his or her career. With this accelerating employee turnover, businesses must quickly and effectively onboard new hires to be productive employees.
LESS TIME FOR EMPLOYEE LEARNING
Employees are pretty overwhelmed at work, and typically only have 20 minutes a week to set aside for learning. This calls for flexible and efficient learning platforms, instead of two-hour courses with slow-paced videos.
JOBS ARE CHANGING
We are living longer, jobs are changing faster than ever. Digitalisation and automation are impinging on our work lives more every day. US business spends more than $60 billion a year in employee development. Millions are invested in teaching employees the very basic things about their work environment such as:
- Where to find stuff
- What to do with it and
- How to talk about it
New employee training still relies heavily on manuals, PowerPoint presentations, and videos. Out of context, these manuals and presentations are often not the most engaging learning experiences, and for many, it is hard to understand or memorize details of a working environment without physically seeing the environment first. On the other hand, for a company it costs lots of money to organize factory or workplace visits just to show where things are.
In some areas such as engineering, virtual reality or augmented reality environments can be used to train a workforce that faces challenging and physically dangerous tasks. Also, flight simulators are used to train pilots and delivering the virtual experience of flying an aircraft before attempting in real life. When it comes to teaching the basics, there is no need to build a complex simulated environment. More easily and cost efficiently, it can be built using 360 images or 360 videos.
BUILDING A LEARNING CULTURE
A learning culture invites employees to continuously increase their knowledge, competence, and performance by making and sharing observations, identifying possible problems and solutions to improve the core processes of the organization. Think about a customer experience at a store, hotel, or a public service place such as courtroom that consists of tens or hundreds of details coming together to an individual in a short moment. How do you reflect what is happening now, and what could be better?
The UK Ministry of Justice shows example using an interactive 360 image from one of the existing courtrooms enhanced with information about the plans and decisions for modernizing the court in the UK. Taking this one step further, modern organizations could provide each employees a set of 360 images to evaluate current ways of working and suggest things to improve.
The promise: save time and money
In conclusion, what is the promise of virtual tours to corporate learning and development? Simply put, it is saving time and money.
In a constantly changing work environment, employees need efficient ways to acquire basic information about their work, tools and community. At the same time, employers need cost efficient ways to create and distribute new materials.
A contextual experience such as a field trip or a factory visit, whether it is physical or virtual, has a positive impact in learning by increasing engagement, letting the learner make observations at their own pace, and making sense of the new information in a practical context.
Interactive 360 images and videos that improve the contextual understanding of a work environment or specific work tasks, is a no-brainer solution for corporate learning and development. In many cases, they prove to be less time to consume and less expensive to create than new user manuals or videos. Also, when things change, as they constantly do, information can easily be updated.
Jag of JustJag