Published on May 20th, 2020 | by Emergent Enterprise0
Why L&D Professionals Should Turn to Augmented Reality as Offices Work From Home
The pandemic and its stay at home requirements have provided new widespread challenges for learning professionals who are trying to consistently deliver engaging training. This post at AR Post by Max Dawes shares several benefits of using augmented reality solutions for training goals. Many choices are so affordable and easy to distribute that companies should have been at least trying the technology even before the virus impacted the world. Make good use of those mobile devices and use them for training purposes.
With the global pandemic, learning and development professionals have a unique opportunity to use AR to upskill workers.
The key question facing L&D professionals globally is how to effectively train their workers remotely during a pandemic. Whilst circumstances may have changed, their goals remain the same. L&D professionals still need to make sure that their workers’ skills are kept up to date, and whilst workers can’t attend a physical classroom, there are still skills that need to be learned.
Such dramatic changes in the working landscape call for adaptation and the use of new tools to deliver innovative and powerful experiences to help workers improve their skills. Augmented reality is uniquely positioned to deliver such experiences. It has the potential to be deployed across mobile devices meaning that teams can develop new ways to train their employees, in a cost-effective and direct way.
Here are four ways augmented reality can help L&D professionals in the current climate:
1. Provable Return on Investment (ROI)
ROI is a key indicator of success for any project. Measuring the success rate of a learning and development project isn’t always an easy task, as it requires measuring how successful an initiative was at teaching people. This also becomes more challenging when people work remotely, as the impact gets harder to track.
AR provides an engaging and memorable way to deliver information, which leads to a longer-term impact and therefore more valuable training. The more memorable the teaching method, the fewer times it will need to be repeated, and therefore the less money will need to be spent. Not only this but augmented reality can also be very cost-effective to produce, in many cases only needing a printed code to open the door to 360 walkthroughs, games, and tests. The type of experiences created, e.g. games, lend themselves to tracking and testing which is a great way to track the progress and their value of the scheme remotely.
These benefits can be shown to management, indicating the success of a project. No matter where anyone is based, the success would be traced back to the L&D team to assess its ROI.
2. Deliver Real-Time Data
Many augmented reality content creation tools provide real-time data on how the AR experience is used and when giving L&D professionals insight into how workers are engaging with the materials. These capabilities become invaluable as professionals track how they are working at home.