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Can Technology Hold The Answer to Long Term Care Staff Development for the Future?

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The demand for professional development training continues to grow even in slow economic times. Today’s online learning programs make pursuing that training even more practical and affordable than ever.  Some education and training experts, however, still believe that e-learning can’t offer the rigor of traditional training courses. Here’s how technological advancements in virtual reality (VR), artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning captured society’s attention and are set to transform the way the world views online training.

Popular AI and Machine Learning Applications

Every time you Google a topic you’re taking advantage of a form of AI and machine learning technology.  Google employs machine learning to make its algorithms better for web users. AI and machine learning are also making their way into the world of finance.  Since sound investment decisions are based on data and not on human emotion, a few financial service organizations have tested out removing humans from financial advisory roles and replacing them with virtual financial assistants.  These applications process enormous amounts of data to give clients advice about retirement and short-term savings goals.

Online Healthcare and Technical Trade Training Programs Set for Dramatic Overhaul

Education is the industry in which you’ll probably see the most exciting uses for VR, AI and machine learning.  Many people agree that training programs in healthcare, engineering and skilled trades are rather limited if they don’t include experiential learning opportunities.  VR and AI technologies can offer healthcare professionals the realism of training in a healthcare setting and the convenience and affordability of online learning.

How VR and AI Add Value to Distance Learning

According to Bloomberg Recruiter Report, employers want workers who can think strategically and solve problems creatively.  Imagine being given a technical problem to solve with a group of students who are located in different parts of the world. You  conduct the project within a VR application. Your team’s collaborative efforts are successful until the VR application’s AI functions raise the complexity of the problem.  This new obstacle requires that you and your team adapt your methods. The training is realistic, and the scenarios are nearly limitless. Welcome to the future of online learning.

Technology in Online Long-Term Care Training

Studies done by the Alliance for Aging Research indicate that the healthcare industry is not yet prepared to meet the rising demand for long-term care professionals. These workers must be trained to care for elderly patients who may have chronic illnesses or cognitive impairment.  VR and AI technologies allow trainers to generate interactive programs that help to make sure that long term care staff development involves customized training for the special needs of aging patients. Curricula developers can even use the technology to introduce virtual doctors and nurses into training sessions without the expense of getting these medical professionals to participate in person.