The adoption of augmented reality (AR) as a corporate training tool is proving to be an effective approach. AR fosters faster learning, helps to improve soft skills, optimises workflow, reduces training material, saves time and enhances engagement.
AR training tools in a corporate environment can be executed via a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet. Moreover, trainees don’t have to be in the physical workplace to learn. The concept of AR learning is straightforward. You use an AR-enabled app to record a location, then overlay digital information such as animated features on top; objects, artefacts, speech bubbles, characters etc.
Providing you add engaging features, trainees are more willing to use the applications more often – which will enhance their capacity for learning, memory recall and performance. A growing body of evidence shows that people learn more quickly and retain more information when their senses are stimulated by visual information. Animated features are also more engaging so trainees are more focused.
Educators have also found that creating AR experiences encourage trainees to dive into the content and explore without guidance. Done well, the programs can promote the use of critical thinking, problem-solving and communications skills. The benefits for the company, therefore, have long-lasting effects. Not only do AR tools help employees learn and understand their current roles quicker, but managers can pinpoint strengths and earmark individuals for a position they can target in their career development path.
Create Familiar Surroundings
Studies have found that several environmental factors can affect a person’s ability to learn. These include seating, lights, noise, and colour. One study found that learning in a familiar environment enhances memory and creativity. It is believed that being in familiar surroundings is less stressful.
Students and trainees fair the worst when learning in environments that are totally unfamiliar to them. The researchers, therefore, concluded that educators should use familiarisation strategies to enhance learning activities. New starters that are not familiar with your offices could benefit from AR. For example, they could use AR to superimpose a location from their home onto the training program like this AR math training game for kids. With all their focus on the screen, trainees will shut out the real-world environment and absorb more information from the screen.