Benefits and Risks

Clarity Consultants’ Insights into Wearable Technology

Campbell, CA (USA), October 2017 - Clarity Consultants has published a guide of insights on wearable technology and how learners can utilize and benefit from it. The firm of development consultants and a leading provider of corporate learning is pleased to announce its publication, which sheds light on the benefits and risks of using wearable technology for training.

There's never been a better time to be working in learning and development. As the line between people and computers continues to blur, technology and daily life have become more interwoven, creating opportunities for fresh ways of engaging with content. Wearable technology is meant to be an enhancement of the mobile experience - a way to engage with ubiquitous technology without being inhibited by the device itself. These devices can both provide real-time information and take in data, creating a feedback loop that enhances knowledge and creates new pathways for learning.

"While the potential for wearable technologies is exciting, caution should be applied to new programs," says Herb Tieger, President and CEO of Clarity Consultants. "In 2017, companies that utilize wearables are still considered 'early adopters' who take on the unique gamble of moving forward with a technology that will almost certainly become more mainstream in the future, while being unsure what systems will be obsolete by the next quarter."

It's important to understand that wearable tech is an extension of augmented learning, a type of learning in which the online environment adapts to learners by collecting data about them and offering individualized feedback based on their present interest and ability. Most of eLearning, for example, is a basic augmentation of the standard learning process.

Some of the specific advantages of this learning approach include

  • learner engagement
  • improved learning outcomes
  • enhanced collaboration
  • big(ger) data