Extended reality: Immerse yourself in the new reality of learning

It’s one of the most exciting times for learning organizations.  The speed of technology and innovation, combined with our receptiveness to new modes of operating, has made extended reality (XR) an experience that learners are embracing.  As organizations need to meet global training demands with people dispersed across the world and in a mix of hybrid settings, it’s the perfect time to consider how XR can be implemented successfully.

The range of possibilities is almost endless as we consider the degree of immersion that exists from the real world to the virtual world.  Along the journey, learners can experience augmented reality (AR), assisted reality, mixed reality, and virtual reality (VR) in any given day.  Learning organizations should consider how they want to approach these possibilities, and what experiences will be most impactful for their learners to achieve outcomes that accelerate skills development and retention. 

And implementing extended reality technologies is becoming more economical and cost-effective for large and small teams alike.

The XR Continuium

Augmented Reality (AR) – Access and interact with content over your physical space. With augmented reality, your people can learn through their preferred device at the point of need.

Assistive Reality – Often used in technical or industrial environments, assisted reality allows you to view a screen within your immediate field of vision, hands free. Unlike augmented reality, the information on the screen is not overlaid onto a physical environment

Mixed Reality – Blend physical and digital worlds with holographic content. Mixed reality gives your people the tools to interact with the real world in unending ways, from live holographic customer support and coaching to practicing and documenting.

How we’re using AR and MR

Team Building: Access content for scavenger hunts, explorations, and cohort learning.

Real-Time Assistance: Pull up equipment information, virtual coaches or experts, videos, and job aids to learn or troubleshoot parts, procedures, and situations.

Reinforce Knowledge: Practice conversations with customers, colleagues, or employees. Explore product features, pricing, and other knowledge.

Hands-Free Work: Contextualize step-by-step support, information, and virtual coaching with a headset or phone.

Virtual Reality (VR)VR uses technology to create virtual worlds that enable learners to interact with them. Immersing people in what they’re learning significantly increases understanding, knowledge acquisition and retention while reducing the learning curve.

How we’re using VR

Team Collaboration – Cross physical boundaries, time zones, and space and meet with your peers to learn together and build excitement

Skills Development – From individual contributors to managers and leaders, VR offers new opportunities to improve learning retention and deliver consistency

Escape rooms – Enter a learning room full of adventures. Our newest offering VR Teamscape™ can take your team on a truly immersive experience and enhance skills development

Envisioning the extended reality experience

How does a learning organization determine if the right scenario exists for implementing extended reality? Most often, one of these five key criteria, lends itself to an extended reality consideration.

Envision a future learning program

At GP Strategies, we work with you to innovate, ideate and explore ways of making your vision of learning innovation and strategy a reality. Contact us to get started.