Can immersive learning improve our real-life performance?
Take a look at this great video clip of B.B. King playing How Blue Can You Get to 80,000 people. This outstanding performance becomes even more breathtaking at about 3:30 minutes, when B.B. breaks a string on his guitar and changes it right onstage, without stopping the song. This is professionalism in action, and probably another reason why they call him the “King of the Blues”.
B.B.’s professionalism is an example of dealing with a “rainy day” scenario – an unexpected event – that unlike the “sunny” or “happy path” scenarios, requires one’s mastery coupled with resourcefulness in order to be resolved successfully.
How will you act at the “moment of truth”?
Cone of Experience, the 1946 transformative Learning Pyramid research by Edgar Dale, shows that the effectiveness of learning and its level of retention is based on the learning experience and the media that was used for learning. Ever since, this model is constantly being researched and enhanced by multiple institutions. The recent ed-tech augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) innovation may dramatically impact learners’ retention and preparedness for “rainy day” scenarios, in which learning by doing meets immediate application of learning in real situations, with estimated learning retention up to 90%.
Brain scans show that students who took a hands-on approach to learning had activation in sensory and motor-related parts of the brain when they later thought about concepts such as angular momentum and torque. Activation of these brain areas was associated with better quiz performance by college physics students who participated in the research. Research leaders at the University of Chicago explain that hands-on experiences may benefit students more than previously realized, particularly in the world of virtual laboratories and online learning. “In many situations, when we allow our bodies to become part of the learning process, we understand better,” says Professor Sian Beilock, an internationally known expert on the mind–body connection.
David Schatsky and Ryan Kaiser‘s recent research on the momentum for augmented and virtual reality in the enterprise sector points out a growing trend of incorporation of AR/VR solutions into the enterprise workflow. Schatsky and Kaiser list ‘guidance and collaboration’ and ‘immersive learning and training’ as major stimuli to boost employees’ performance, productivity, knowledge retention and engagement, while reducing costs and removing risks.
“What I hear, I forget; what I see, I remember; what I do, I understand” (an old Chinese proverb)
AR and VR technologies allow the creation of powerful learning experiences, focusing on generating total interest, attracting learners’ full attention and motivation, while facilitating a safe trial and error setting. These types of immersive learning solutions enable acceleration of the learning curve and support achievement of quicker skill mastery, foster problem-solving, agility and adaptability skills, and increase readiness and confidence to perform at one’s best. When the digital life offer us more versions of reality in a safe learning environment, it contributes to our ability to perform right when things go wrong.
As employees and employers alike look for binge-learning solutions to improve their skills faster and widen their expertise, learning centers must evolve to meet this new demand.
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Author: Tamar Poleg - "I am a Boomer: during the first 40 year of my life technological changes took a slow and steady pace to settle down. For the last 15 years it feels like riding on a runaway train."