The term e-learning was first coined in 1999 by Elliott Masie at a TechLearn Conference at Disney World. Since then, the e-learning industry has been constantly evolving. Technological advancements have played a major role in the way e-learning is designed and delivered.
Emerging and immersive technologies like artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and virtual reality have offered an innovative approach and completely transformed the creative world of e-learning. Embracing these technologies as a tool for learning and growth is imperative for staying competitive and relevant in today’s ever-evolving work environment. One such technology, augmented reality (AR), is revolutionizing on-the-job learning.
In this article, we will explore the role of augmented reality in enhancing on-the-job learning. AR blends digital elements with the real world, creating an immersive and interactive experience for the learner.
“There is truth in the concept that people learn by doing. AR provides the opportunity for hands-on learning in a structured, interactive way. With physical devices, trainees can practice job activities in real-time at their own pace and without pressure from customers, managers, and performance expectations.” (Forbes.com)
Imagine a scenario where a technician, a service engineer, or a medical professional is dependent on coaches or trainers for physical demonstrations or on-the-job support for performing some critical tasks. Now consider catering to this requirement using AR technology, where professionals can access real-time, step-by-step guidance right in their line of sight as they perform complex tasks. This is the AR technology magic, where it overlays digital information, such as text, graphics, or 3D models, onto the user's field of view, providing guidance and support as they work. This solution will considerably reduce the dependency on the coach, and the learner will get a consistent and seamless learning experience.
Interactive experiences are a key advantage of this technology. Instead of a classroom-based training or theoretical online training program, AR offers an opportunity to have hands-on experiences. Virtual objects can be controlled, and tasks can be rehearsed in a safe and controlled environment. Moreover, learners can receive instant feedback, leading to better knowledge retention.
AR offers numerous innovative ways to customize learning and skill transfer to meet specific requirements. It also enables a learner to access learning at their own pace and level of expertise. Additionally, the immersive nature of AR often leads to better skill transfer and retention. Employees are more likely to remember what they've learned and apply it effectively in their daily tasks.
Initially, the AR technology may require some investment. However, in the long run, it offers significant cost savings. It replaces the conventional training programs, eliminating the dependency on the trainers or subject-matter experts and minimizing the travel costs associated with on-site training.
On-the-job learning with augmented reality is not an emerging or futuristic concept but something that has already started capturing the market and is going to be the next big thing. It enhances training delivery; leads to increased efficiency, productivity, and safety; and makes it crucial for organizations to invest in and embrace this new dimension of learning. Augmented reality is no longer the future; it is the present, and it is redefining how we learn and work.
Are you ready to embrace the transformative power of augmented reality in your on-the-job learning initiatives? Contact Ozemio today and unlock the future of learning and skill development.
At Ozemio, we recognize the value of something so simple yet elemental – that transformation doesn't take place in silos. Our talent transformation solutions are holistic yet targeted. We offer tailor-made plans that are specific to your business requirements. With our expert solutions, you can harness the full potential of AR technology to enhance training, increase performance, and redefine talent transformation.