The term Immersive Learning is one we see as gaining currency in our world of elearning. Indeed, we see a new paradigm of learning genres emerging (or have emerged) and Immersive Learning is one of the elearning industry’s big four.
The other three of those are:
- Micro-Learning (not quite so new I know, but certainly becoming more effective)
- Binge learning or ‘cinematic style learning’ (snappier name suggestions welcomed) – a little like binge watching the high quality productions on Netflix and in some ways the antithesis of micro-learning
- and the fourth genre of the big four being Curated Learning.
There is solid evidence that these genres all work – the trick is knowing which genre to apply to which learning requirement.
So, what does Immersive Learning mean?
Immersive learning is pretty flexible and fuzzy term in some ways, but will contain elements such as simulations and relevant games, as well as contextualised e-learning materials, with Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality becoming more common and Mixed Reality arriving sooner than perhaps realised, but it may also have face to face workshop sessions and good old fashioned workbooks.
The principle point of immersive learning is a very high degree of relevance to deliver engagement.
So here is our list of top Immersive Learning providers to consider if you are looking at this type of training. These companies have real capabilities in Immersive Learning development and delivery, and are certainly worth a look.
All have different areas of expertise and we present them in strictly alphabetical order, so if you are interested, make sure you read all the way to the end.
Applio has built out a model or approach to allow for the rapid development and deployment of games with its Games Based Learning platform. This is a pretty slick approach to getting into games and immersive learning environments and Applio deserves some real credit for this approach to making gaming and immersive learning so accessible.
This is an interesting company that specialises in really effective simulations. They have a fantastic skillset in simulating call centre systems for example, allowing agents to train on as near to real systems as possible, integrating mock customer engagements with colleagues playing the roles of customers. Day One have delivered call centre training using simulation to some of the UK’s leading call centre operators, with a client base that includes the likes of Lloyds, Co-operative Bank and TSB. This is one of the most innovative and effective immersive learning solutions we know.
Desq have produced some quite excellent Immersive Learning materials, with a strong focus on the use of games to form a really immersive environment. The Waitrose project (read our review) is one of the most interesting and exciting Immersive learning projects we have seen. Desq have immense expertise in this market with David Squire a true guru of the genre.
A long established elearning developer, but in the last 4 years they have become true experts in Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. The quality of the learning environments, whether using Google Carboard or Samsung’s Galaxy Gears, or indeed Oculus Rift is quite breath-taking. In utilising the xAPI protocol to an LRS to report the learner’s behaviours this company can support training at a micro level where changing a behaviour can save lives, this is premium compliance par excellence and just so so immersive.
This company has long been a market leader with its very excellent Gamified LMS, but that is not all. Growth Engineering has pioneered modern and engaging UI and UX and has built Genie an authoring tool that will create game based learning experiences with templates and workflows to allow for the creation of rapid game based learning solutions. This should be part of the toolkit of any Immersive Learning orientated project.
A fully focused VR developer delivering high quality projects to major corporates who have grasped what this style of learning can do. They also have a VR orientated platform that allows for the distribution of VR experiences and interactions, including multi user VR sessions. This is an exceptionally high quality company delivering exceptionally high quality learning experiences in VR.
Part of the market leading Learning Technologies Group, Preloaded has real pedigree in both Games – games with purpose as they put it – and VR. With a fabulous library of case studies illustrating the challenges to be addressed and the solutions developed illustrate some real capability. If you are looking for ideas and examples –
take a look.
Serious Games International
Led by Ron Edwards, another of the great visionaries of games and learning. SGIL have produced some hugely significant simulations and games for clients that must be incredibly demanding as to the outcomes – think aircraft maintenance for example…
The UK pioneers of what we called Serious Games. Indeed, Helen Routledge has done more than anyone else in our industry to evidence the effect games can have on learning and the evidence she presents is compelling. You can buy her book here. Totem have built some superb games for clients over several years delivering compelling game play with powerful learning results. True experts at their craft.
This company has been quietly developing considerable development capacity to be a full service Immersive learning developer. Simulations of using and maintaining complex hardware systems I have been shown illustrate real immersive learning design capabilities.
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Lead eLearning Consultant
Our lead elearning consultant David Patterson is an expert in training technologies such as learning management systems, and in elearning best practices.
He has helped many public and private sector organisations across the UK, Europe and worldwide to create and deliver engaging, effective elearning.
David is joint author of several research papers including the highly acclaimed Learning Light reports on the UK elearning market.