Immersive learning is fast-changing education and training scenarios across the globe. It is fundamentally shrined in Albert Einstein’s proposition that learning is all about experiencing things.
This novel approach to imparting learning and training to target audiences makes extensive use of the latest methods, approaches, and technology including new-age inventions such as AR, VR, and AI among others. By equipping aspirants with practical knowledge and hands-on learning, immersive learning is increasingly finding favor with all relevant stakeholders in the education ecosystem.
As we continue to embrace immersive learning and its prospects in 2023, below are the top trends that will redefine and dominate the field of immersive learning this year and beyond:
As the name suggests, this technique focuses on dividing large chunks of information into small discrete data points so that the information can be easily understood by aspirants. Especially for Generation Z and Alpha, this aspect is particularly beneficial as these learners are found to have a shorter attention span. The microlearning technique also focuses on delivering sessions of short duration to boost the retention ability of aspirants.
Nothing could be better than converting a learning exercise into a gaming experience. Gamification not only enhances learners’ grasping power, but also adds to their skills, risk-taking capabilities, critical analysis, and decision-making abilities. The idea of gamification is particularly relevant for difficult subjects such as Science and Math, where students often struggle with comprehending the intricacies, formulas, and other allied dimensions of these subjects.
AR and VR
The combined prowess of AR and VR can transform the learning scenario by taking aspirants to a whole new world of digital avatars, 3D models, and stimulating environments. These technologies can also become instrumental in stimulating creativity and imagination among aspirants and help them learn effectively by delivering hands-on training. The use of AR and VR is specifically beneficial for imparting training in fields such as surgery, firefighting, and flight training, where the risk and danger associated with actual job environments are far more severe than in other areas.
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
AI has tremendous potential for imparting effective learning to aspirants across the board. Importantly, AI can identify the potential of aspirants and accordingly, help mentors to design customized lesson plans based on the individual capacity of users. AI can also prove useful in grading aspirants, offering virtual assistance, developing smart content, and analyzing data on a range of educational and vocational courses.
Mixed Reality (MR)
By interspersing the real world with virtual reality, MR opens up a range of new possibilities for the world of education and training. In particular, the ability of MR to enable learners to create, communicate, and collaborate with others is a significant booster for enhancing their capabilities and learning social skills, team spirit, and group dynamics.
By offering views from every possible direction with the help of an Omnidirectional camera, 360-degree videos take the immersive aspect of learning to a new level. It is possibly the most effective visual medium to experience things and can multiply the learning capacity of students. Further, these videos can be captured and streamed live which means that ongoing activities can be relayed to target audiences right from the time and place of the unfolding action.
This learning technique acknowledges that there is a difference in the grasping power and learning ability of aspirants and hence, they must be given a choice to learn at their own pace that best suits their intellectual capabilities. The learning method also makes use of AI to offer personalized lesson plans and training experiences to aspirants.
Immersive learning technologies are the future of the education and learning industry. Owing to their capability of creating a win-win situation for all stakeholders in the ecosystem of education, these technologies are likely to witness wider adoption in 2023 and beyond. To further encourage the adoption of immersive learning, there is a need to offer the right kind of technology and policy environment so that their intended benefits can reach learners with the desired efficiency and effectiveness.