In this article, I share a case study on Virtual Reality in eLearning. It uses a microlearning nugget featuring Virtual Reality (VR) for induction and onboarding (using Adobe Captivate 2019). It shows you how the VR based approach can create an immersive learning experience.
Earlier in the year, in my eBook on eLearning Trends and Predictions for 2018, I had highlighted the potential of AR/VR to create immersive learning experiences. Here is the extract from my eBook:
As I was composing the eBook, I distinctly recall thinking about the fact that for the usage of Virtual Reality (VR) to see wider adoption in eLearning, we need authoring tool providers to offer this flexibility.
Adobe Captivate 2019’s VR capability: During this year, my team worked on Adobe Captivate 2019 (beta release), and we experimented particularly with its VR capability to create formal and informal learning solutions. The case study featured in this article uses Adobe Captivate 2019.
Now, I share a case study that shows you how we integrated a Virtual Reality (VR) microlearning nugget into our induction and onboarding portal.
To show you the impact of Virtual Reality (VR) usage on the learning experience, as well as information recall and retention, I have used a “Before” and “After” approach.
An overview of our induction and onboarding program: Nearly 80% of our total workforce are Millennials. We had designed a learning portal based approach to offer our induction and onboarding program a few years ago. The program was up for a refresh this year, and we evaluated options to make the learning journey for the new inductees more engaging and immersive.
The current approach features new formats including:
The initial approach featured:
The revised approach builds on the same core but features the following new formats as we designed the microlearning nuggets:
Before: Video Featuring Team Members
We had used a simple video format wherein team members talked about what they do, how they work, and what value each team brings to the table.
After: Virtual Reality Based Microlearning Nugget
We used the Virtual Reality (VR) capability to showcase this crucial section. When new team members join the organization, they are typically given an office tour followed by an introduction to each domain. It is virtually impossible to remember so many details in one go.
The Impact Of Virtual Reality (VR) Based Approach For Microlearning
The usage of the Virtual Reality technique enabled us to create a more interesting and immersive learning journey. This experience creates a higher recall and provides a clear takeaway on what we do and how each domain is aligned to our success. It also resonates well with our millennial workforce.
The learning journey featuring Virtual Reality technique is as follows:
Learners get a virtual tour of the office. They go through an interesting journey and can explore and revisit places as many times as they want.
On clicking the hotspots overlaid on relevant sections, they get the following information:
Let me also highlight 3 more approaches we adopted that further uplifted the engagement quotient of our induction and onboarding program.
Before: Text Based Approach
We had used a simple infographic presentation that showcased the organizational structure.
After: Animated Video
In this iteration, we changed the design approach to feature a millennial-centric design. We played with high-end graphics, animations featuring team members to create a much higher connect with new joinees.
The organization structure of the company was depicted using an engaging story based video. We used motion graphics and animation to create an impactful and easy-to-retain guide to the complete team structure.
Before: Explainer Video
We had used a simple video based format to showcase the culture and success path to new joinees who begin work in the company.
After: Explainer Video Featuring A Guide
It is very important for new joinees to know what it takes to be successful in a company. So, it is important for them to view a story from an expert through a real situation, as depicted in this nugget. In the new avatar, we used an explainer video of a guide and associated key messages to drive in the culture and path to success in the organization.
Gamified assessments are a great way to make any learning solution fun and engaging. We use these at the end of each learning stage as an interesting way to check-point the learning. A sense of challenge and competition among the learners to constantly participate with the induction platform kept the learners further engaged.
In the new avatar, we refreshed the formats of the gamified assessments to make learning more interesting.
I hope this article provides you with cues on how you can use Virtual Reality or VR in eLearning. I do hope the featured case study shows you how you can enhance the impact of your induction and onboarding program by integrating Virtual Reality in eLearning.
On Oct 4th, 2018, I had conducted a webinar on 7 Learning Strategies To Transform Your Corporate Induction And Onboarding Training For Success.
This features a demo of Virtual Reality for eLearning (in the context of induction and onboarding). The screenshots featured in this article are from the same demo. If you are interested in finding out more about the webinar, please click here.
If you have any queries or need any specific support, do contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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