The Reality of Learning: How Immersive Reality Can Be Used for L&D

In this episode, we cover what immersive reality is, the differences between augmented reality and virtual reality, and how immersive reality is being used for learning and development.

What exactly is immersive reality?

Virtual reality consists of an artificial environment, typically created by a software or app, in which the user is fully immersed in an experience that is altered from the real world. Basically, when you put on a VR headset, your body is in your living room, but your brain thinks you’re flying over a mountain range or at a carnival or on a beach in Hawaii. The possibilities are endless. 

Augmented reality is a bit different. AR adds digital elements to a live, real-world view. If you’ve ever played Pokemon GO or used the dog filter on Snapchat, you’ve experienced AR. The word ‘augment’ comes from the Latin word augere which means “to add” or “to increase.” So, augmented reality adds to the current reality. 

How can immersive reality be used for learning and development?

While the gaming and entertainment industries have a strong-hold on VR and AR, according to Superdata, “nearly half of VRs’ enterprise users are educational companies and institutions.” Companies are beginning to implement immersive reality as part of training curricula. 

Some of the ways Roundtable is doing this is by using 360 video and 360 photo to create scenario training for soft skills or fully immersive virtual environments for technical skills training. Additionally, augmented reality is great for customer service training and on-the-job performance support.

Those are just a few examples of how we are using virtual reality for L&D. Whether you have a clear AR or VR need in mind, or you’re not sure where to start, Roundtable’s approachable and accessible learning solutions can help you see the reality of AR/VR for training.

If you need help envisioning how AR/VR can fit into your training strategy and budget, get in contact with one of our learning consultants to see what immersive reality can do for your organization.