What are the most innovative educational tools in vocational training in 2021?
As an adult educator in 2021, we are confronted with many problems, such as lack of concentration, motivation or assimilation of knowledge.
There are countless pedagogical methods and tools available to us to facilitate a course, a classroom project or to train employees.
Flipped classroom, design thinking, gamification, e-learning, the choice is endless.
But which methods really address the above issues?
Active teaching methods!
In groups or individually, active teaching methods are the learning methods that provide the best results.
But what are the most innovative tools that allow you to actively lead a training course?
The answer: the tools and technologies of immersive learning.
What is immersive learning?
Immersive learning consists of immersing a person in a virtual environment and making him/her experience real-life situations with the help of VR glasses, VR headsets or even screens.
This innovative teaching method has no constraints in terms of structure, time and risk.
The benefits of immersive learning
Whether for teaching, training, communicating or recruiting, immersive learning is the most innovative and engaging pedagogical solution to integrate into professional training in 2021.
The numbers speak for themselves (source):
- 4x higher engagement rate
- 4x faster learning rate
- 5x more effective memorization rate
Compared to traditional training, immersive learning makes a difference in learners’ results !
Immersive learning in vocational training
Immersive learning is composed of 3 main families of tools and technologies:
- Virtual reality (VR)
- Augmented reality (AR)
- Mixed reality (MR)
Extended reality (XR), on the other hand, groups the 3 different formats of immersive learning.
Sectors such as health, marketing and architecture have already adopted these technological tools.
As for professional training, these immersive learning tools are widely used, but will experience an inordinate growth in the next 6 years.
A report by MarketDigits predicts that the VR and AR industry will see significant global expansion in the education market by 2027.
The size of the virtual reality market in education is expected to grow from $1 billion in 2019 to $15 billion by 2027.
This is no small feat!
Virtual reality – Definition
Virtual reality (VR) is a virtual environment (2D or 3D) that uses a headset or goggles to simulate realistic scenarios in a 360-degree digital space, allowing learners to practice their skills and analyse their actions.
Example of application of virtual reality in vocational training
Virtual reality is the most widespread immersive tool in professional training.
There are many examples of applications, and they are applied today in 21 sectors (military, medical, automotive, architecture, etc.).
For example, professional training in VR is widespread in industrial training.
The learner learns to pilot a production line and the gestures to adopt in electrical maintenance.
Here, no risks for the person immersed and considerable savings in terms of training costs and consumables.
This virtual reality tool also allows the realization of risk scenarios, too complex to implement in reality.
If you would like to learn more about VR in the world of training, we invite you to read our article “What is virtual reality training?”
Augmented Reality (AR) – Definition
Augmented reality (AR) changes and enhances reality by overlaying it with digital information, allowing learners, for example, to see instructions while working on a screen.
Example of application of augmented reality in professional training
The most concrete example and the most known by the general public is the video game Pokémon Go.
You walk around in real life with your smartphone and Pokémon appear on your screen, integrated into reality.
All you have to do is catch them!
But in the case of professional training, we can cite the U.S. Army which uses AR in its combat training.
This tool helps soldiers to distinguish friends from enemies, and to be more aware of time and space.
Mixed Reality (MR) – Definition
Mixed reality (MR) is a mixture of virtual reality and augmented reality. It is the latest and most complex immersive technology.
In this type of environment, physical and digital objects coexist and interact in real time.
Example of application of mixed reality in vocational training
Here is an example of a mixed reality application in medical education.
Students at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio were able to take advantage of the Microsoft HoloLens 2 to learn anatomy from a completely different angle, totally immersed.
The device also allowed professors to teach and interact with students while hundreds of miles away.
Why train with immersive learning?
Virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality are being used in training environments to reduce the risks and costs associated with training.
Of course, these are just a few of the many benefits of immersive learning.
We can say that the future of professional training tends to adopt immersive tools and technologies in most industries.
By offering a safe, accessible and affordable environment, virtual reality and augmented reality have the potential to completely transform adult learning.
Adopting new and innovative training programs is a critical component to a company or organization’s need.
Recent advances in immersive technology offer a perfect solution to keep your employees or students highly skilled, motivated and productive.
Mimbus specializes in the creation and development of VR training for manual trades.
We also create customized training, whatever your field of activity.
Contact us and let’s discuss your project in VR!