Using immersive learning technology to improve skills acquisition

We learn new skills through repetition.

When we repeat actions with the intention of getting better, we call this practice.

It works, but it’s laborious, and without guidance can lead to bad habits, poor technique, and – most often – failure. That means lower confidence, lower performance, and self-limiting beliefs.

As learning professionals we can improve the effectiveness of this process by providing the right knowledge and structure, and then through coaching as skills are practised, reflected upon, and new mental models developed.

The problem now is that it’s not realistic to scale this level of support for a whole organisation.

This is where technology comes in.

Dr Doug Seifert and the team at Syandus are leaders in immersive learning technology. This is about using AI to scale up the practice-plus-coaching model at a fraction of the cost of getting real people to do it.

In this podcast I talk to Doug about how it works.


 Doug Seifert

Douglas Seifert, PhD is the founder and CEO of Syandus. He founded Syandus 15 years ago to create a new way to learn. By combining cognitive science with game technologies, Dr. Seifert focuses on providing scalable ways to solve issues related to knowledge retention and skill acquisition … read more about Doug here.

Smartphones in the training room: if you can’t beat them, use them

Let me be honest, I am biased. I hate smartphones in the training room.

If I deliver a learning event, I am trying to create a space where learning can happen safely. It’s social, it’s inclusive, it’s active, it’s fun, it is – I hope – challenging and valuable (I hope so, because it’s costly!) … and this requires a level of participation and engagement from the learners, and – because we’re people in the same space – a level of courtesy … but then I’m not one of the Millennial types, so what do I know.

Paul Levy argues that today’s youngsters have (or may have) a new skill set and that all the assumptions I packed into the above paragraph may be wrong. He says we should be open to the idea of embracing smartphones in the learning space and using them to enhance and share the learning.

I’m not convinced … what do you think?


 Paul Levy

Paul Levy is the founder of CATS3000, a change and innovation company that helps people and organisations to realise potential and thrive. He’s worked with individuals and organisations all over the world for the last twenty years to challenge mediocrity, and to open space for change and transformation … read more about Paul here.

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