The online revolution has not only changed the way we shop and communicate, but it has also transformed the learning landscape. The online learning method offers several benefits to both the corporate and academic world. Yes, e-learning has not just made learning and training interesting and engaging, but it has also made it more achievable and affordable. Add to it the mix of virtual reality, machine learning, and augmented reality, and you get possibilities that make corporate training interesting, engaging, immersing and effective.
Virtual reality is the computer-generated simulation of a three-dimensional image or environment that can be interacted with in a seemingly real or physical way by a person using special electronic equipment, such as a helmet with a screen inside or gloves fitted with sensors. Because virtual reality offers such a high level of immersion, it has much to offer the field of e-learning. Virtual reality is increasingly being used in corporate training to enhance the learning experience of employees.
According to TechRepublic, virtual reality is being used for training in nine leading industries: healthcare, skilled trades, law enforcement entertainment, automotive, advertising, tourism, education and space. The three-dimensional and higher interaction level of virtual reality makes it perfect for the modern learning environment. Employees who have high-risk work environment can be trained with the help of virtual reality to prevent the risk of injuries.
In corporate training, virtual reality is reshaping the learning experience because its interactive nature helps attendees better retain information. For the organization, virtual reality has the additional benefits of being cost-effective and convenient.
Machine Learning, or (Artificial Intelligence)
Artificial intelligence (AI) is not just used in science fiction movies; it is also now used to automate e-learning courses in collaboration with your LMS. Machine learning can be used in corporate e-learning to provide more targeted e-learning resources to your audience. With machine learning, you can predict and adapt to learning behaviors. You can use LMS algorithms and analytics to effectively analyze your data and then deliver it to your audience. An application of AI, machine learning provides systems the ability to automatically learn and improve from experience without explicitly programming it.
So, how does machine learning help e-learning and how do you use it to improve your LMS?
Machine learning analyzes data and automates it to personalize the e-learning experience. When an LMS uses machine learning, it can access user data and improves the e-learning experience. You can also integrate it with your HR systems to analyze user data and accurately pinpoint trends. Based on the pre-set algorithms and analytical patterns, you can use the information to identify areas for improvement. For instance, your LMS can use the algorithms to assess the past performance of the learner and then integrate it with the new information to predict the result. You can use the information to improve the performance of your online learners by showing them the correct path.
Decision trees, ordinary least squares regression and ensemble methods are the three examples of the algorithm formats that are used by machine learning for the LMS environment.
In the corporate sector, machine learning can be used to improve employee satisfaction and retention. Iterative evaluations and predictive analytics help you identify patterns like certification lapses or a substantial rise in the course drop-out rate. It helps you intervene at the right time to retain your top talent and ensure compliance – which saves you the hardship (and expense) of hiring and training new employees.
Here are some other uses of machine learning in corporate e-learning:
- Provide personalized automated online training paths for every corporate employee. You can also create a customized plan for customer service employees.
- Create an adaptable online training system. With Machine Learning, it is in your hands to alter your current online training strategy per your organization’s need.
- Delivers big data that you can use to deliver targeted online training recommendations.
- Improves resource allocation by automating a substantial amount of the data mining process.
- Helps develop a more efficient online assessment strategy. Your LMS can use machine learning to create a more effective online assessment strategy for your employees.
If you are looking for something that is more than just a learning management system, eServe is an LCMS, or Learning Content Management System. It is designed to complement your existing LMS while empowering your training leaders to share, merge and upgrade your existing courses to meet local or regional needs.
Augmented reality helps learners enjoy learning-on-the-go, and since it is adaptive, it can provide a personalized learning experience. It provides learners with personalized and engaging content that allows them to access lessons on-demand. Most people are probably familiar with augmented reality from Pokémon Go, in which players search for the elusive virtual creatures with a mobile app that uses GPS to locate them. The Pokémon characters appear as if they are in the player’s real-world location.
So, should you adopt augmented reality in corporate training?
Augmented reality may lead to better e-learning outcomes compared with other methods, and can be an effective tool to develop skills. It also can provide a safe simulation method, as well as an engaging experience.
Since you need an app to deploy augmented reality, it is important that you understand how it fits into your existing IT infrastructure. If the data in your augmented reality app is hosted on the cloud server your organization manages, it is fine. However, if you plan to outsource the hosting of the app, you need to ensure that there are at least two levels of security to keep your app and data secure.
Make sure that the augmented reality developer you employ connects the app to your LMS through the APIs. This will help your data reach your LMS, which provides the required information to your L&D managers.
Corporate training is heavily dependent on content creation. Presented in the right manner, your corporate training material can help save much of the time, money and effort you put into hiring qualified talent for your business. What you need is the right kind of LMS education tools to produce, distribute and manage your e-learning content. You can get in touch with eServe to empower your training leaders to share, merge and upgrade your existing courses to meet your needs. Contact us to learn how adding an LCMS to your LMS can change the learning culture of your organization for the better.