How to use augmented reality for employee training?
Engage employees (or students) with learning experiences and simulating real-world scenarios. That’s the purpose of immersive technologies such as Augmented Reality (AR).
Basically, AR integrates aspects of the virtual world with the real world. Its as if in this exact moment, virtual objects are superimposed or inserted right in front of you. When we say that Augmented Reality is an immersive technology, its because it allows us to become part of or experience the virtual world in real life.
And what’s better than complete immersion to turn employee training more robust? That’s exactly why today we’re going to talk about Augmented Reality for Employee Training.
How does Augmented Reality work for Employee Training?
Augmented Reality is the difference between looking at pictures of a historical monument in a book and looking at it as if it was right there in front of you, allowing you to appreciate every single detail that would’ve gone unnoticed in a piece of paper.
AR apps allow users not only to see virtual objects in front of them, but it also allows them to manipulate the 3D model.
So, imagine that instead of spending time reading the instructions manual about how to use a certain type of machinery, you can actually see a virtual image of the actual machine right there in front of you with step-by-step instructions.
Wouldn’t that be easier?!?!
Although it might seem like science fiction, AR makes all of that possible. To make it easier to understand, imagine that 10 of your company’s employees need to learn how to assemble and operate a new machine that was just purchased.
But, because of its size and equipment cost, it’s impossible to have one machine per employee for training. With augmented reality, each employee (by themselves) will be able to virtually interact with the equipment as they learn more about it.
In fact, one of the most common uses of Augmented Reality for Employee Training is in the learning of maintenance and repairs of complex equipment. Rather it’s a car engine or the world’s largest bucket wheel excavator, maintenance teams can learn a lot quicker – and at a much lower cost – using AR.
Another great example of augmented reality for employee training comes from the medical sector, which is also where the technology is very commonly used. Imagine surgeons learning a new breakthrough technique or examining a complex procedure. With AR, they can visualize a virtual human body and study the medical procedure with much more precision.
Why use Augmented Reality for Employee Training?
Here are a few of the benefits of the use of AR in the most varied types of employee training:
- Makes employee training more pleasurable and encourages participant engagement.
- Creates experiences that otherwise would be impossible using traditional training methods.
- Allow theoretical concepts to be simulated, improving the training quality.
- Allows participants to practice and make mistakes without the risk of causing harm to themselves, their colleagues, the general public and/or the company.
- Increases the amount of information retained by participants.
On top of the benefits listed above, I also discussed two other benefits of using Augmented Reality for employee training: it optimizes time and cost.
Think back to the example of the maintenance and assembly team. Can you imagine the cost of each employee having a machine to train on? Or can you imagine how long it would take if each team member had to share the equipment with their colleagues?
AR allows for faster training at a fraction of the cost (and more interactive) when compared to traditional training methods.
To Sum Up
AR can broaden the way we see the real world by giving its users more information about their environment. In this article, I gave a few examples and showed the benefits of using Augmented Reality for Employee Training.
I understand that Augmented Reality presents great potential for companies to reduce costs while at the same time, guaranteeing their employees are much more qualified.
If you have any questions about employee training using Augmented Reality, leave a comment below or reach out to me.
‘Till next time!