5 things to expect from immersive learning in 2020

5 things to expect from immersive learning in 2020

2020 looms on our near horizon as the next futuristic milestone of the 21st century. It represents a point where we can reset our understanding of what the future of immersive learning technology will look like. 

To prepare for the imminent future, we have been gathering hand-picked teams of experts at our Immersive Learning Studio Sessions to workshop how immersive will change the learning blend. We have synthesised their insights and discussions with the latest research and our own practical experience to prepare a comprehensive report on immersive learning technology

We are excited to release our immersive learning report next week – but read on now for five key insights from the report that that came out of our Studio Sessions to help you understand the immersive learning landscape as it is on the brink of 2020:

1. Immersive holds *a lot* of novelty for workplace learning

While Immersive technology is no longer completely novel, education and learning are the technology’s killer applications. Its use in workplace setting is a fresh and engaging prospect. Refreshing learners’ understanding of their role and the importance – and, through immersive tech, the ease – of rapid learning, unlearning and relearning benefits from the lure of innovation, or of simply being able to acquire time and attention in noisy workspaces (both literally and metaphorically!)

2. Learner control will improve inclusivity and diversity

No matter how much data you collect to establish the ‘best learning approach’ there simply isn’t ‘one’ way to please everyone, especially when you consider generational or cultural factors, neuro-difference and mental health. Immersive learning puts learners in control, so the narrative doesn’t unfold in a predetermined way.

Much like gaming architectures or branching narratives, fully interactive VR and AR enable learners to decide and shape their own journey. Making the learning experience far more inclusive will unblock previous barriers to diverse and productive employment practices.

3. Global teams will become more connected

While there are video conference solutions out there, we are all too familiar with the “can you hear me!?” setbacks. Immersive technologies can bring remote locations closer. Think virtual meeting rooms and hologram attendees that are standing right in front of you. Being in the same room as someone and able to read body language and make eye contact, virtually or otherwise, enhances our ability to connect and understand each other.

Now imagine, instead of it being a meeting, it can be about anything. Any scenario your learner needs to experience to know how to perform in their role.

The progress of digital technology has been about removing distance as a factor in rapid mass communication. Immersive experiences close the gap to virtually nil (pun intended!)

4. Immersive learning promotes an active response

Passive information delivery promotes a passive response, poor recall of knowledge transfer, and, ultimately, no change. Immersive learning technologies promote learner involvement and activity, which means learners are much more likely to remember information and actually put it into practice: a key factor in triggering and reinforcing positive behaviour change.

5. The ability to drive empathy through immersion is key

Immersive technology can drive empathy through stimulating the mirror neuron system. Telling someone what to expect or trying to build a picture of a scenario is never going to have the same impact as experiencing it.

Immersive learning is an effective tool that puts learners in the shoes of others, which could have a huge impact on improved learning experience and is an area we are particularly passionate about exploring at Brightwave.

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