3 Real Things about Virtual Reality in Adult Ed

Continuing down the path of learning about successful use of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality in adult education, three stepping stones have emerged:

  1. VR is not so far “out there” for many participants

As reported  in Learning Solutions magazine,  “It would be a mistake for organizations to underestimate their employees. Today, 40 percent of the workforce at most average companies are millennials—and they were brought up with VR and headsets. In the next 10 years, 75 percent of the workplace will be millennials. And it’s not as though previous generations are complete tech novices either.”

  1. VR is happening

My quick scan turned up a couple of examples of  major companies using VR to train new employees, including Walmart . If use of VR proves successful and if the promise of efficiency bears out (produce once, deliver many times), it’s likely that more businesses will follow in adopting VR and AR technology.

  1. VR is working

In at least one example, at Lowe’s, VR has produced positive results. Evaluation results indicate that their “Holoroom How To” VR training tool to teach DIY clinics to customers is more effective than in-person clinics.  Reportedly, “Customers who went through the virtual reality version had 36% better recall.”

What else is real about VR and AR in adult ed?

  • What else do you know to be true about the adoption of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality in adult education settings?
  • What’s working?
  • What’s next on the horizon for the adoption of VR and AR technologies?

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