Sponsored by Mining Skills Australia
Immersive Learning Experiences from A to (Generation) Z
If you tell me, I will listen. If you show me, I will see. If you let me experience, I will learn. Lao Tzu
Digital technology is all around us, whether you like it or not, it’s directly in our faces daily.
It’s difficult not to notice that there has been a huge paradigm shift between pen and paper resources in education to now catering for the younger generation’s interests.
Younger persons seemingly are always on their phones and electronic devices. They’re easily distracted and trying to extend their attention to something outside of the digital environment can often prove difficult.
However, it is this digital generation, that are providing a growing workforce seen within the industry.
Millennials and Generation Z are set to make up 75% of the global workforce by 2025 and are a crucial lynchpin to a business’ future success.
Spot the Difference – Real vs Animated
As digital natives, Gen Z are tech-savvy, collaborative, and interactive learners and are noted for flourishing in diverse workplaces, having already experienced multi-modal learning since birth, while the oldest of the Millennial group are over 40 and progressing into higher leadership roles, currently learning to use, or already using digital resources in most employee environments.
As digital natives, Gen Z are tech-savvy, collaborative, and interactive learners.
“It’s not a teenager issue but a workforce issue”, said Mr Graeme Bradshaw, Managing Director of Mining Skills Australia. “Mining technology is advancing continuously. We are seeing the development of driverless vehicles, autonomous rigs, and data integration down to the operator level. If we expect operators to work in a digital space, we need to train them in a digital space”
Immersive learning experiences offer an innovative solution and is the next evolution in training design and delivery.
Employee training in mining is among the most innovative globally, with many companies turning to Animation, Gamification, Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR).
A virtual classroom modelled from real world mines will immerse learners in a safe and repeatable, real-time virtual environment, enabling the development of deep knowledge and muscle memory of operational procedures.
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For example, the mine site roads, stop signs, traffic patterns and infrastructure are programmed into a VR environment to provide a highly realistic safe, modern, and effective training platform.
The result is a workforce with improved safety and efficiency.
A PwC study to review the effectiveness of training through different models (classroom, eLearning, and VR) showed that two hours of classroom learning could be learnt in 30 minutes of digital content. In fact, learners trained with VR were up to 40% more confident to act on what they learned after training, than traditional classroom instruction.
Immersive learning and training simulations command the individual’s vision and attention. There are no interruptions or options to multi-task. The simulations allow the individual to control revision at their own pace. Workers trained using immersive learning were up to four times more focused than their classroom colleagues.
“Digital resources allow operators to seamlessly naturalise the content and quickly build executable skills, independent of outside help,” said Mr Bradshaw. “At Mining Skills Australia, we are redesigning traditional learning and development models, to drive efficiency and safety for the modern workforce.”
“We designed a VR Confined Space program for a client, that provides the core safety knowledge in multiple languages. It allows workers to repeat the skills as necessary and is scalable for large workforces.”
For a demonstration of cutting-edge training resources and learning how Mining Skills Australia can increase your training productivity, please contact us.
30 years of experience in laser measurement technology for volumetric measurements in mining, steel, bulk material logistics, ports etc.
Reproducible, non-manipulable measurements, exclusion of the human error factor.
Exact determination of volume, excludes inaccuracies due to material moisture.