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Dec 04, 2021

Professional Development Predictions for 2022

by Kathy Edens

In 2020 and 2021, Zoom, Webex, Microsoft Teams, and other collaboration platforms probably convinced you of the need for virtual reality in everyday interactions and professional development (PD) to help build your workforce. But what if you really could deploy virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) professional development to your employees to give them “hands-on” experience with your company’s core operations? That scenario may not be too far off: VR and AR are on the leading edge as possibilities for PD, offering your workforce a virtual experience without bringing them back physically to the office, the hospital, the plant, etc. “Anyone can pick up a VR headset from their local Walmart,” says Ohio University’s Charles P. (“Chip”) Linscott, PhD, Assistant Professor of Instruction, Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies in the J. Warren McClure School of Emerging Communication Technologies, and Audio Director of The GRID Lab at Ohio University. Linscott firmly believes VR and AR are accessible training sources for almost any company that wants to immerse its employees in the experience of day-to-day operations. Ohio University’s GRID Lab (short for Games Research and Immersive Design) marries state-of-the-art training and education with outside resources to immerse students in the creative art of VR and AR experiences. But it’s not about games. The GRID Lab finds grants and other public funding for opportunities for students to work on actual training and education programs. Students get hands-on knowledge and skills to research and develop virtual, augmented, and mixed reality ideologies and technology […]

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