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Applications of Augmented Reality to training… some thoughts

Klevar business cardI’ve been talking to lots of people about Augmented Reality, and the most common question I’ve been asked is… How could we use it? So in this post, I’ll explore some ways to use AR in training and development.

Enhance static content

Static content is most commonly paper based learning materials. Paper based learning materials can be anything from learning guides, assessment information, performance aids, instructions and how to guides. AR can supplement anything that can be provided to the student.

Here are some examples:

  • Learning guide: substitute QR codes with AR. Provide a text instruction and ask students to watch a video on their phone/tablet.
  • Assessment tasks: give students examples of how the task needs to be performed.
  • How to guides: supplement text with instructional video

Real life / real time orientation

Consider replacing text and online orientation with real life / real time orientation. Have participants scan objects to get a real time orientation to the site. The first object would point to the next. This type of ‘treasure hunt’ would orient participants to the key aspects of the location. This could be done for on-site inductions, museum/art gallery excursions through to highlighting the key health and safety issues in a room.

Enrich small group work

Having augmented content allows students to learn while they are waiting for their turn on a piece of equipment. This would work with any type of content where participants have to wait for their turn on a practical type of equipment. For example, a few years ago, we did a project where we put QR codes on forklifts for participants to scan and watch videos while waiting for their turn on the forklift. The rationale was that in a small group, only one person can drive a forklift at a time and while the other participants are waiting, they could watch videos to show the operation from various angles. This would work with AR. However, instead of using QR codes, we could use components of the forklift and the other fixed objects.

Just in time / just in place performance supports

Just-in-time training is the provision of support as participants require it. Just-in-place training is the provision of support WHERE the participant is going to use it – At their desk, in the field, at the photocopier or fire extinguisher. It is the provision of additional information at the time and place that they need it.

AR is a way to provide just-in-time/just-in-place training. You are working outside and can’t remember how to check the settings on that piece of equipment – scan the component and watch the video or get a tip about how to use it.

Resourcing considerations

AR isn’t as expensive to implement as you may think. It is worth thinking about an AR project in three steps:

  1. Identify the trigger: Triggers need to be stable, with some distinct textures. You don’t want to choose a trigger that changes regularly.
  2. Develop the content: Content can range from text, images, video and 3D models.
  3. Connect the trigger to the content: This is done through an AR platform. There are a number of platforms available and we can help you choose the best one for your needs.

If you are interested in exploring how you could use Augmented Reality, get in touch with us to explore some options – email

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