104 Connecting Training to the Real World with Scenario-Based AR/VR

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Wednesday, July 26


VR isn’t new to the training world. For decades, high-end simulators and fully immersive VR experiences have been deployed and applied successfully to various fields. But these experiences have—until recently—been limiting, as few had access to the high-end equipment needed and, even worse, there can be an inherent disconnect between the virtual and real world, which can sometimes make applying knowledge challenging.

In this session, you’ll explore a different approach to VR that bridges these gaps: a “window shade.” In this approach, people view a scenario or process in VR, experiencing it directly from the expert’s POV, and then “pull the shade up” by switching to a guided AR live practice mode where they apply what they learned in their real-world setting. All this can be done while deploying the solution via the web so anyone anywhere with a phone, tablet, or desktop can access this VR and AR content and, better yet, refer back to it whenever they need more practice or a refresher. This session will help you find out how the “window shade” approach works and how you can begin using it to develop training.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How this out-of-the-box approach to blending AR and VR can make your content more effective
  • About the specific technologies that can help you get started
  • The basics of mass-audience VR, AR, and 360-degree video content creation
  • What pitfalls to avoid with this approach, as well as AR and VR content creation in general

Intermediate to advanced designers, developers, and managers.

Technology discussed in this session:
VR, AR, 360-degree video, Google Cardboard, WebVR (HTML5, WebGL, C++, C#, JavaScript), Unity, Vuforia, and mo-cap (motion capture).

Joseph Van Harken

Co-Founder/Business Developer

th3rd coast Entertainment & Training

Joseph Van Harken is a co-founder and business developer at th3rd coast Entertainment & Training, and an award-winning journalist and producer who innovates on the edge of supply/demand storytelling. Joseph is adept at creating and sharing stories of consequence across television, digital media, and eLearning platforms. He started as a print reporter and later produced stories all over the globe for major networks. In 2014, he launched th3rd coast Entertainment & Training to bring compelling content to corporate training. Joseph holds a BA in communications from the University of Michigan and an MS from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

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