The use of Augmented Reality(AR) incorporate training had been into introductory tests for quite some time. In the years to come, CHROs and hr managers will start leveraging AR-based tools for employee learning, training, and development. As per a Statista report, the number of AR users worldwide has seen a heavy spike over the last five years, from 60 million in 2013, to a whopping 200 million in 2018. And since then, the numbers have constantly been growing.
Moreover, a March 2018 study by Pekins Coie stated that education (besides healthcare & gaming) would be one of those sectors, wherein the role of AR /VR would be revolutionary.
The Conventional Modes of Employee-Training
Till now, the modes of skill-development and employee-training have been either the training programs offered by the employers at the onset of new-employee joinings. Or, the other form of employment-centric training would comprise, students enrolling in online skill-learning programs that provide them with professional credentials.
With the advent of VR & AR, the significance of the mainstream vendor-neutral certifications, among the job aspirants is slowly coming down. AR-based workforce training seems like a promising near-future norm with an unlimited scope of expanse.
Credentialing organizations will soon be launching certification programs in AR and VR, considering the unprecedented growth of the said disruptive tech in the workforce-training domain. Global credentialing companies are currently in the process of developing professional certification programs in AR and VR, that will soon be launched online.
What Exactly is AR Training?
To understand the meaning of the term ‘AR-based training’, we must first know the technology itself. Augmented reality is an emerging disruptive tech that allows users to experience the real world, with virtual elements superimposed upon the real world.
Leveraging AR, people can interact with the digital objects that appear on-screen, and that are stationed over a live lens display pertaining to the real world. Virtual reality is basically all about presenting a digital environment that seems and feels like the real world. AR, in the recent past, has emerged as an alternative tech to facilitate corporate training programs. It is allowing learners to practice the skills taught, in a realistic setting.
A Couple of Notable Use -Cases for AR-Led Workforce Training
When a business corporation prepares and develops a technology-driven, high-end training program, choosing the right technology to drive the same, becomes paramount.
Below, we are discussing some vital use cases of AR training in the contemporary world:
Imagine some new employee’s first day at the job, and he doesn’t know what to do after he reaches the workplace on the first day. As an hr professional, instead of keeping someone waiting to receive directions related to the onboarding procedure, you can empower a new employee to self-guide himself using the scalable AR symbols. With help from the same, he will be fed with information about the specific areas within the organization. Moreover, the AR symbols will further help him receive instructions about the upcoming tasks scheduled for the day.
At an organizational level, an AR program can help provide the new employees with general information about the firm that is available to one and all in the company (distributed information). For instance, automated orientation programs can be developed for newcomers to assist them in learning about the company, over digital. It eventually, speeds up the process of overall-training of personnel.
Real-Time Work-Execution Support
How about an inexperienced surgeon receiving real-time data on the lens of his protective glasses related to an ongoing surgery that would help minimize risk? How about someone in the factory workforce getting real-time operating instructions while dealing with pieces of heavy-machinery on the work floor?
By leveraging AR, learners will be able to overlay digital information in three-dimension, in the physical space, and that would prove to be optimally beneficial to workforce training and development needs.