WHAT IS IMMERSIVE LEARNING?
Immersive Learning is a relatively new term, describing the use of computer-gaming technologies to create highly engaging simulation-based learning environments. These virtual environments emotionally engage people through the use of adventure or strategy. Players learn as they play, with progress checkpoints acting as a platform for knowledge and content assessment. Learners learn-by-doing, and can experience the consequences of bad decisions. They need to apply critical thinking to solve problems much as an airline pilot learns how to deal with an event that cannot be safely replicated in the real world.
Immersive Learning and simulation-based technologies have been embraced by educators, particularly in cases where the skills required are of a complex and dangerous nature, such as military operations, medical procedures and industrial training. Immersive, technology-enhanced learning has proven to have great efficacy in terms of accelerating learning (speed to competency), improving retention, and providing the cognitive basis for skills competency.
Organizations need to prepare for an impending loss of vital experience and technical knowledge as the baby boomer generation gets set to retire. It's estimated that, by 2010, more than half of all workers in North America will be over 40. As of 2008, baby boomers range in age from 44 to 63, and unlike their younger counterparts, many boomers have spent a large chunk of their careers in one organization, building up stores of experience and knowledge. These same organizations risk losing that knowledge and experience if they fail to adequately prepare to pass it on.
Coole Immersive develops custom, virtual, immersive training applications to help your organization preserve your experienced employees' vital knowledge, and pass it on to your newer employees in a safe, efficient, reliable manner. New employees will display competence more quickly, will have a greater understanding of what's expected of them, will share a common performance standard, and will have a greater understanding of the risks and consequences associated with their jobs.