Creating Immersive Learning Experiences Using 360-Degree Videos

360-Degree Videos For Immersive Learning
Summary: You don’t need to invest in expensive technology to provide your learners with an immersive learning experience, you can simply use 360-degree videos. In this article, we’ll discuss 3 points about using 360-degree videos to create an immersive learning experience for your learners.

Using 360-Degree Videos For Immersive Learning

Video-based learning is a hit among corporate organizations, as video is a content format that engages learners both visually as well as aurally. Modern learners are also used to viewing most content on their smartphones in video format, which makes it easier for organizations to train them using video, as the transition from fun to learning isn’t noticeable. However, with advancements in technology, entertainment, as well as learning, is getting much more immersive. The idea is to remove all distractions and completely surround the learner with an environment where only learning takes place. You may have heard of the use of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality (AR/VR) in digital learning, as well as Virtual Learning Environments where learners simulate real-life scenarios using AR/VR to experience learning almost as if it were a reality. Well, this is a top-notch immersive learning experience, but you don’t need to invest in such expensive technology to provide your learners with immersive learning. Returning to video-based learning, you can simply use 360-degree videos, also known as immersive or spherical videos, to provide an immersive learning experience to your learners. In this article, we’ll discuss 3 points about using 360-degree videos to create an immersive learning experience for your learners.

What Do You Need?

Creating 360-degree videos isn’t easy or cheap. However, it is cheaper than creating Virtual Learning Environments, and a great way to train and develop skills and knowledge in employees. This is what you’ll need:

1. 360-Degree Cameras, Tripods, Lighting, Extension Cords, Microphones, Etc.

In short, you need professional video recording gear as well as people who can handle it. This is a requisite, a bare minimum, and you have got to have all this equipment if you want 360-degree videos in your digital learning program. Getting all this won’t be too expensive, as you can find 360-degree cameras in a wide range of prices, from affordable to mid-range to expensive. Once you’ve got it all, you need to focus on the learning experience and the story because that’s what actually matters.

2. Video Editing Software

Of course, once you’re done shooting, you’ll have to edit the videos in order to turn them into suitable video learning modules or courses. For that, you’ll need a professional video editing software such as Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro or VSDC. It is recommended that you try out a number of video editing software to get the hang of them as well as understand what you need. Then, buy the software that is the most suited to your needs and the one that offers you the best features within your budget.

3. Game Engine Software

If you really want to give your employees a truly immersive learning experience, you’ll turn your 360-degree videos into interactive, personalized mini videogames by adding 3D animations and other content to your videos, using a game engine software. Although this might sound like we’re getting a little ahead of ourselves, it is actually quite achievable if you put your mind to providing your learners with only the best learning experiences. There are a number of amazing game engine software out there, such as Unreal Engine, Unity, GameMaker, and CryEngine, that you can use to really create a virtual world using your 360-degree videos.

360-degree videos are a digital learning strategy that hasn’t been on the modern L&D scene for too long. That means that any organization using 360-degree videos in their employee development and training program has the freedom to experiment and explore this strategy as much as they like. What’s even better, you may stumble onto some great technique and be hailed as a pioneer in 360-degree video-based immersive learning in the near future! 360-degree videos are going to be big in the near future, say the middle of the next decade, and it is up to corporate organizations whether or not they want to be viewed as pioneers of this amazing digital learning strategy or simply just another company that jumped on the bandwagon out of compulsion, after almost every other company had.

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