Immersive technologies like Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR), which once seemed like futuristic technological advancements, are now a reality. The future is literally here! 2023 saw the launch of Apple’s Vision Pro, which reinvented the immersive experience. Following in their footsteps, many technology giants like Google, Meta, and Qualcomm are expected to make big announcements in the coming years. Market projections certify this shift, foreseeing the global VR market reaching an impressive $26.9 billion by 2027. 

Immersive technologies have found great use cases across domains, from gaming and entertainment to retail and learning. This strong financial outlook mirrors the industry’s confidence in the lasting growth and value of immersive technologies. While the learning industry is not an early adopter of the technology, many organizations are increasingly recognizing it’s potential to transform modern learning experiences. Through realistic simulations and hands-on experiences, immersive learning reshapes training and development approaches. This explains why industry leaders have predicted a whopping 74% increase in the use of immersive technologies for workforce and training solutions in the coming years. 

What’s hindering the widespread adoption of immersive learning today?

While immersive technologies seem like a great solution to improving learning effectiveness, knowledge retention, and upskilling and reskilling outcomes, the path to immersive learning has a few hurdles along the way. The top three challenges include technical complexities, the efficacy of immersive learning, and the substantial costs associated with its adoption. Implementing VR/AR-driven learning solutions demands intricate technical considerations, ranging from hardware and software selection and maintenance to integration with existing systems and cost. Effectively measuring the impact of immersive learning experiences and justifying the investment in these technologies further compounds the industry’s challenges.

At Adeptus, we enable organizations to mitigate these risks by addressing the technical complexities, designing a tailored resolution for each problem statement, and ensuring seamless integration with their existing technology ecosystem, all of which contribute to a smooth and effortless transition to a modern, technology-driven learning environment. 

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One such example that we proudly tell is about an immersive learning experience we created for one of our clients, where we blended our technology expertise with creativity to entice their learners. Our goal was to take immersive learning to the next level by incorporating the element of AR/VR with a space-themed learning platform where the challenges, solutions, and rewards are artfully integrated into the fabric of the program. For example, each instance of the program was symbolized by captivating “planets,” encouraging learners to track their progress throughout their learning journey. The case studies were designed as “missions” that further helped add a gamification element to the program.

Each learner gets a personalized dashboard that provides them with a comprehensive view of their activities, including learner graphs, connections, and scheduled meetings. It served as a dependable ally, keeping learners on track and instilling a sense of progress and accomplishment. To this day, we take great pride in knowing how it surpassed the goal of just making learning enjoyable and focused on nurturing healthy competition, teamwork, skill enhancement, and collaboration among learners.

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It’s an exciting time for immersive learning

With time, enterprise learning is becoming more immersive, contributing directly to organizational success. Applications of learning in the context of soft skills such as leadership, communication, and teamwork will gain more prominence in the coming years. It’s a great opportunity for organizations to invest in immersive learning and gain a competitive edge in the market.

Adeptus offers technology advisory services and innovative solutions to businesses that are looking to embrace emerging technologies. Learn more about us and see all the exciting projects we’ve done so far.

Authors: Pravin Kulange and Amit Kaveeshwar