The digital age has changed the way we communicate and behave.
The advancement of technology, especially in the last two decades, has inspired the development of many useful and innovative technologies that we now take for granted.
The Internet, smartphones, smart TVs and Wi-Fi are already part of our daily lives. So much so that it is difficult to think how we could live without these essential devices and services. Technology affects all areas of our culture, from ordering a meal to driving to the mall, technology has its place in every action we take.
Therefore, it should come as no surprise to know that skills development and job training can also benefit from technological advancement. Augmented Reality (RA) has many benefits for employers and HR departments to teach their employees new skills that improve their efficiency at work.
Understand augmented reality
You may have heard of virtual reality. It is a technology that allows users to experience a virtual world. It provides a sensory experience that allows users to climb a mountain, chase monsters through a video game or feel the thrill of a roller coaster without leaving the comfort of the armchair at home.
Augmented reality (AR) is a lesser known technology that has also had a significant impact on our lives. RA allows users to add layers of virtual components over a real-world environment. An example of this technology, which most people are familiar with, is the superimposition of animal masks on images from the social media app; Snapchat.
Still, RA technology isn’t just for entertainment. RA has a use in several different sectors, including skills development.
Create a case for RA training in the workplace
Towards the end of 2016, the company AR – Accenture labs and Meta, chose to present the results of a study on the practical use of RA in the workplace.
The companies selected the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality, as a platform for their presentation. The study shows the advantage of technology in providing instructions on procedural tasks.
During her research, a random sample of women and men between the ages of 16 and 65 had to complete a simple set of Lego ™ headlights. The test subjects consisted of three groups. The first receives traditional paper instructions, the second a static AR 3D representation of the instructions, and the third, a dynamic AR 3D model for assembly.
The results were significantly different, with the third group showing the best results. The result included three main reasons for its success with construction.
3D models reduce the need for interpretation instructions. Users did not need the translation of 2-D plans into 3-D blocks.
Users of AR technology were able to jointly locate the instructions with the compilation. This advantage reduces the time spent focusing your attention between the instructions and the task they perform.
RA command delivery occurs simultaneously with compilation, reducing the time spent between education, execution, and completion. Therefore, dynamic instructions optimize the efficiency of the test subject.
After collecting data from the three groups, the researchers concluded that the group with 3-D static instructions has slower construction times than the group with paper instructions. While it is surprising that the 3D static group is the slowest, it highlights the importance of dynamic signals.
The connection between RA and effective skill development
In addition to the improved speed in comprehension and execution of instructions, AR has many other advantages for the development of skills in the workplace. These benefits also include consolidation of attention and memory.
It seems that the use of RA improves cognitive function and awareness, allowing employees to overcome challenges and learn complex tasks more accurately and quickly.
Instead of candidates and employees focusing their efforts on remembering what they learn during the training session, they can refer to the information directly, in real time. This advantage allows them to decrease procedural claims about memory function, thus reducing cognitive complexity and the demand to complete the task at hand.
Therefore, users of AR technology can devote their attention to performing tasks and receive a higher degree of quality and accuracy in their work.
Apparent conclusions of RA in game-based learning theory
One of the most difficult parts of game-based learning theory is the transition that designers have to make between adaptation and application, also known as skill transfer. This challenge determines the measure of return on investment, as well as the user experience when creating training programs.
The results of the Accenture labs and the example of Meta Lego ™ show that the transfer of skills depends on the quality of the information. The use of RA provides an enabling environment for optimal training outcome and experience; for any individual when learning new tasks.
The results should excite any professional involved in employee training and development. RA can reduce the time it takes to train a new candidate, as well as teach new procedures to existing employees.
Termination: Why your company needs AR in its training program
Employee training is critical for any company that values a competent workforce capable of following procedures and processes. Unfortunately, employee training is costly. Time spent training new employees reduces the company’s ability to respond to staff shortages and skills shortages.
While implementing RA technology in your job training program can come at a substantial initial cost, the company will receive a return on investment in a relatively short period of time. You can expect faster skills development and greater retention of training information, which creates a well-trained and competent staff in handling any part of the job description. Contact us here at VR Vision today to see how we can turn your ideas into reality.