Immersive learning: increasing students’ social skills

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What possibilities does Immersive Learning offer in the transformation of learning methods for education ? For several years now, universities, business and engineering schools, high schools, colleges, and training centers have been using 360° virtual reality training for students and teachers.

Nowadays, with e-learning solutions, students have access to educational resources directly from their computers and without having to travel. These solutions have proven worthwhile during the health crisis by ensuring a continuous learning process.  

 

However, one problem persists despite investments in these digital solutions: the acquisition of social and technical skills relies on field practice and experience. So how can you learn to do what you have been taught in a classroom ?

 

According to a study conducted by IFOP, “21% of 18-24 year olds feel that they are poorly prepared for the position they hold in a company”.

 

What if we looked at the root of the problem? As a student, it is currently hard, if not impossible, to acquire these skills other than through job experience. But the times are changing, and whether it’s to get the job you want or to perform well once you’ve got it, solutions are emerging in the French EdTech landscape to help our students succeed academically and professionally.


Immersive Learning – being active in your training 

 

The use of new technologies has become a standard for education professionals, but some do not hesitate to improve learning through the use of virtual reality and Immersive Learning. It is now possible to bring the field directly to the classroom or the students’ home thanks to 360° photo and video capture of the environment.

 

With a gamification/interaction overlay such as: quizzes, microphones for speaking, markers, or even 3D objects to manipulate, students are engaged in real-life situations and discover the scenarios personalized by their actions. From a teaching point of view, this modality shows a high rate of commitment and motivation which translates into an excellent retention of information (80% long term retention versus 10 – 20% for traditional methods).

 

Example of 360° capture: pitch of the Uptale solution in front of investors with integration of slides and the microphone tag for speaking + identification of key words. Microphone analysis and instant feedback of the pitch.

Thanks to an authoring tool accessible to all, teachers and students, training managers or digital learning managers can create immersive training courses on Uptale, share them through a headset, on the web, smartphones or on their Learning Management System (LMS), and analyze them thanks to the data-dashboards automatically generated for each learning session 

 

They are using the Uptale solution

It is about making inaccessible places accessible or democratizing access to them, such as: sales outlets, machine rooms, company meetings, warehouses, laboratories, etc. Since the field capture is done in a few hours, there are fewer logistical constraints, fewer people to mobilize, a lower budget needed and a 360° support can even be used for several situations.

 

The access to solutions such as Uptale to create and distribute one’s own training courses offer a whole new vision of what the future of learning could be, whether it be for the acquisition of social skills (critical thinking, decision-making, creativity) or technical skills (practical work, manipulations, assemblies). The possibilities for collaboration between students and teachers in the implementation of these immersive contents remind us that a cohesive working environment and engagement must be a priority in the learning process.

A classroom learning with Uptale via PC

(accessible from a web browser).

In the next article, we will discuss 4 concrete cases of personal development training: Ethical Finance, Leadership, Conflict Resolution, and Confidence Building on Speech.