The concept of 'learning on the go' has spurred a series of innovations in the world of eLearning. mLearning itself has emerged from the idea of getting people to train themselves in short bursts when they are traveling. Micro-videos, short duration mobile modules and easy to use assessments are now a popular way of training people up when they are on the move.
Platforms like WALKME have also taken it a step further by integrating with Salesforce, Sharepoint, Netsuite and others to train people on the softwares right when they are using it thereby bringing down the barrier to learning new softwares.
In recent days, the potential of ORA-X has got us excited as well. Ora-X in short is a piece of smart headphone with a transparent retinal projection technology that allows you to not only listen to your favorite music but also watch the video of the song right on an adjustable display attached to the headphone. The Ora-X also comes with a camera that allows you to take pictures on the go right from your headphone.
While conceived primarily for entertainment, we are thrilled by the potential of 'on the go learning' that this technology provides. Imagine visiting a new city and picking up as much about it in a short audio visual learning module right in your smart headphone when you are traveling by bus from the airport to your hotel. The ORA-X could give tourism departments an interesting way to pass on information to new visitors to a city. It could also be a great way to take all your MOOCs on the subway. Lastly, a potential new joinee could pick up the first round of induction while traveling to his or her first day at work.
At Manipal Digital we have earlier experimented with augmented reality using phones, but with Ora-X we are fascinated by the fact that the content will reach the eye without any further device interventions as it is possible for the learner to download the content from an app store directly to the headphone. This opens up several possibilities in overlaying content, geotagging it and presenting it to the learners. For example, a learner using the headphone could visit a location and see the information about the roads, streets, and heritage buildings right in his/her display.
Designing a smooth user experience will be the key to using Ora-X for elearning. However, the possibilities outweigh the challenges so far. The Ora-X is currently up for pre-order and is going through its Indiegogo campaign.
At Manipal Digital, we regularly look at new technologies and their potential use in the field of eLearning, training and other forms of content presentation. For an interesting conversation on the tech that can change your learning and development plans, do get in touch with us.