Management and deployment of VR hardware: a strategic lever

Formations VR : une application formateur de gestion et visualisation multi-apprenants.

Extended reality (XR), which encompasses virtual (VR), augmented (AR) and mixed (MR) reality, is radically transforming the professional training landscape. Immersive technologies provide unprecedented learning experiences, making sessions more interactive, engaging and effective. However, the large-scale deployment of XR devices poses significant challenges for organizations, particularly in terms of technical management, logistics, and financial and human investment. With a strategic approach and effective management, these challenges can be overcome to realize the many benefits VR offers in immersive and interactive training.

Needs assessment, configuration and maintenance of VR hardware

The first step to a successful deployment is assessing the organization’s specific hardware and software needs. This includes choosing the right VR headsets, powerful workstations and software needed for an optimal immersive experience. Specialist providers, such as Ino-VR and ArborXR, offer comprehensive solutions that cover the supply, configuration and maintenance of XR equipment.

Once the equipment has been acquired, the configuration phase is key. It must be carried out by qualified technicians who will configure each device with the required applications and settings. Ongoing maintenance is just as important to ensure the durability and optimal performance of equipment. Platforms like ArborXR offer fleet management services that centralize control of devices, simplifying software updates and troubleshooting technical issues.

The Benefits of XR Hardware Deployment Services

Scalability and flexibility

XR hardware deployment solutions are highly scalable, allowing businesses to train large numbers of employees simultaneously, without the geographic constraints of traditional classrooms. The flexibility offered by XR technologies also allows training content to be quickly adapted to changing industry needs.

Reduced costs and risks

Although the initial investment in XR equipment may seem high, it is quickly paid for by the reduction in costs associated with traditional training, such as travel, physical trainers and rental of premises. Additionally, XR training reduces the risks associated with learning dangerous tasks.

Once the equipment has been acquired, the configuration phase is key. It must be carried out by qualified technicians who will configure each device with the required applications and settings. Ongoing maintenance is just as important to ensure the durability and optimal performance of equipment. Platforms like ArborXR offer fleet management services that centralize control of devices, simplifying software updates and troubleshooting technical issues.

The benefit of deploying and managing XR headset fleets

For developers: a real-time laboratory

For developers, fleets of XR headsets distributed across businesses and training institutions provide a valuable testing ground for their applications. This proximity to the field can enable rapid and voluminous collection of data on usage, performance and user interaction with XR technologies. By leveraging this data, developers can improve usability, resolve specific issues, and continuously innovate. In addition, centralized headset management facilitates the deployment of updates and adjustments, thus ensuring constant improvement in the quality and efficiency of the applications offered.

Once the equipment has been acquired, the configuration phase is key. It must be carried out by qualified technicians who will configure each device with the required applications and settings. Ongoing maintenance is just as important to ensure the durability and optimal performance of equipment. Platforms like ArborXR offer fleet management services that centralize control of devices, simplifying software updates and troubleshooting technical issues.

For users: an improved and secure experience

On the user side, professional management of XR headset fleets guarantees a consistent and high-quality user experience. Users benefit from well-maintained headsets, up-to-date software, and responsive technical support, all essential for optimal immersion and interaction. Additionally, standardizing hardware and software across a fleet significantly reduces compatibility issues and downtime, which is crucial during high-stakes training or complex simulations.

A win-win partnership

XR headset fleet management creates an ecosystem where developers and users mutually benefit from continuous advancements and improvements. For developers, it’s about accelerating the development and innovation cycle through direct and constant feedback. For users, it is the assurance of reliable and cutting-edge technology adapted to their specific needs. Effective management of XR headset fleets makes it possible to fully exploit the potential of extended reality in the professional field, transforming training practices and paving the way for new learning and collaborative work methodologies.

Addons that make it easier to create immersive applications

In a world increasingly focused on augmented (AR) and virtual reality (VR), developers are constantly looking for solutions to simplify and accelerate the creation of immersive applications. Photon Engine, with its Photon Fusion and Photon Unity networking (PUN) products, offers tools that facilitate XR development.

Photon Fusion: Optimization of Interactions in Real Time

Photo Fusion is designed to meet the specific requirements of XR applications by providing optimized management of real-time interactions with low latency. Which is vital for maintaining the immersion and fluidity of VR and AR experiences. By simplifying state synchronization, network physics management, and multiple input, Fusion allows developers to focus on creating high-quality content without worrying about technical networking aspects.

Concrete example: in the health field, a simulation can allow surgeons to practice complex procedures in cooperation with other surgeons connected remotely. They can interact with virtual instruments and modeled organs with real-time response, providing an innovative training and collaboration platform.

Photon PUN: integration with Unity for Multi-user Applications

Photon PUN is specifically tailored to Unity, one of the most popular development engines for AR and VR. The integration of PUN in development allows you to benefit from numerous software bricks or addons (complementary modules or extensions, which add additional functionalities to a main program) which facilitate the development of immersive multi-user applications.

Concrete perspectives for development in XR

The future of XR development with tools like those from Photon looks promising. By simplifying the complexity of networks, Photon makes it possible to embark on more ambitious XR projects. For example, creating virtual workspaces where interactions are as natural as in the real world.

These tools facilitate the creation of immersive applications, allowing businesses and educators to develop innovative solutions that not only improve operational and educational processes, but also pave the way for more immersive and engaging user experiences.

Language learning. A 2021 study found that immersion in a VR environment where learners practice the language in real-world contexts not only improves procedural memory but also builds confidence using the language in practical situations.

Military and aeronautical training. VR flight simulators have long been used to train pilots, allowing them to memorize flight procedures without the risks associated with flying a real plane.

Training in technical procedures and gestures. At Bridgestone, a virtual reality tire manufacturing training simulator, produced by Audace, is part of a blended learning course combining theoretical and practical content. Operators deepen their theoretical knowledge of different machine tools via e-learning; then, with this first training completed, they train in technical operations on the virtual twin. Finally, the learner can put their training into practice on a physical twin and practice the different operations by activating, in particular, their muscle memory.

This comprehensive training course made it possible to increase productivity as well as employee safety by reducing security incidents and non-quality problems by 30 to 50%. Furthermore, significant economies of scale have been achieved: the immobilization of material production resources required for training has been reduced by 80% and the immobilization of human resources by 90%.

Impact of immersive learning on procedural memory

Immersive learning, often achieved through technologies such as virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR), represents a revolution in education and professional training. Its impact on the development of procedural memory, which is the ability to remember how to perform certain tasks, is increasingly recognized. This article explores the benefits of immersive learning for procedural memory.

Definition and importance of procedural memory

Procedural memory is a subcategory of long-term memory that concerns the acquisition of motor and cognitive skills. It allows individuals to perform tasks without actively thinking about them, such as driving a car or playing a musical instrument. In an educational and professional context, developing this form of memory can significantly increase efficiency and performance.

Neurological foundations and mechanisms

VR and AR immerse users in interactive environments that intensely stimulate brain regions associated with procedural memory, such as the motor cortex and striatum. Neuroscience studies have used functional magnetic resonance imaging to show that these environments engage the brain in ways similar to real-world physical practice, strengthening motor and cognitive skills through task repetition in a controlled, realistic setting.

Practical applications and case studies

Research from Stanford University showed that surgeons trained via VR simulators performed 29% faster and made 37% fewer errors than those trained via traditional methods. La VR permet de simuler des opérations chirurgicales, offrant une répétition sans risque des procédures.

Language learning

A 2021 study found that immersion in a VR environment where learners practice the language in real-world contexts not only improves procedural memory but also builds confidence using the language in practical situations.

Military and aeronautical training

VR flight simulators have long been used to train pilots, allowing them to memorize flight procedures without the risks associated with flying a real plane.

Training in technical procedures and gestures

At Bridgestone, a virtual reality tire manufacturing training simulator produced by Audace is part of a blended learning course combining theoretical and practical content. Operators deepen their theoretical knowledge of different machine tools via e-learning; then, with this first training completed, they train in technical operations on the virtual twin. Finally, the learner can put their training into practice on a physical twin and practice the different operations by activating, in particular, their muscle memory.

This comprehensive training course made it possible to increase productivity as well as employee safety by reducing security incidents and non-quality problems by 30 to 50%. Furthermore, significant economies of scale have been achieved: the immobilization of material production resources required for training has been reduced by 80% and the immobilization of human resources by 90%.

Benefits and motivation

Beyond efficiency, immersive learning in VR is often more motivating for learners. A study from Ohio University found that student engagement was significantly higher during VR learning compared to traditional methods. Total immersion helps maintain concentration, reducing distractions and increasing information retention

Immersive learning is therefore a powerful tool for the development of procedural memory, providing more engaging, effective and safe learning methods. As technology continues to evolve, it is likely that its use will become even more widespread, transforming traditional methods of education and job training.

OoPlanning: Appointment scheduling software

Orano entrusted Audace with the development of an innovative appointment booking platform. Designed specifically for operators responsible for carrying out preparatory actions for maintenance on steam generators, this platform aims to simplify schedule management and streamline appointment making.

Objective: streamline and optimize

The main objective of this platform is to streamline appointment making and optimize schedule management. By allowing operators to reserve their slots directly on the platform, Orano simplifies and accelerates the process, thus reducing delays and improving intervention planning.

Key benefits for operators

This device is designed to meet the complex technical requirements of nuclear site operations such as obtaining fire permits, opening floors, or checking scaffolding. Operators can thus freely create new calendars, specify the duration of slots and define the number of people who can take reservations at the same time. Additionally, they benefit from quick and easy access to the platform, where they can view real-time availability and reserve their slots in just a few clicks. Result: the system simplifies exchanges and reduces the risk of errors linked to manual communication of schedules.

Innovation for safety and efficiency

By automating and streamlining the appointment making process, this platform helps to strengthen the safety and efficiency of operations on nuclear sites. By enabling better resource management and reduced waiting times, Orano once again demonstrates its commitment to operational excellence and the safety of nuclear installations.

Gamify to better train: edutainment, the winning approach to elearning

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Be innovative with Scorm®, bold with TinCan®!

Soyez audacieux avec SCORM,
novateur avec Tin Can

In the world of professional training, educational innovation is essential to effectively respond to the evolving needs of learners and organizations. . Educational technologies such as SCORM® (Sharable Content Object Reference Model) and TinCan® (also known as Experience API or xAPI) play a key role in this dynamic, providing normative frameworks for creation, distribution and tracking training content

Why did you create SCORM®

Created in the 1980s, SCORM® responded to an urgent need for standardization of professional training processes, from the distribution of content to the feedback of information. Its objective was to enable the transversality of content and the interoperability of distribution tools, in particular learning management systems (LMS). SCORM® has opened the way to more sophisticated training course design strategies, in particular by facilitating the adaptation of courses to the profiles and skills of learners.

SCORM® developments

SCORM® is marked by the educational vision of its time, focusing on unitary educational grains (SCOs) distributed in isolation to the learner with a single score. With the evolution of versions, notably SCORM 1.2 and SCORM 2004 4th, we note a divergence in the adaptation of LMS platforms, going from MonoSCO, limited to a single content and a single score, to MultiSCO, which allows flexible organization of educational content and reporting of scores at several stages, thus offering richness in the design of training courses.

The SCORM Package concept has brought even greater flexibility, allowing deep personalization of learning paths according to the specific needs of learners and the targeted educational objectives. Through an XML manifest file, instructors can now structure SCOs and associated resources to create a learning environment that adapts not only to individual learner progress, but also to innovative teaching strategies. This opens the door to a variety of teaching methods, from strict performance-based sequencing, to free exploration of content, to conditional scenarios that dynamically respond to learner interactions.

However, the inherent limitations of SCORM, mainly its rigid framework and its design oriented towards unidirectional interactions, have become evident in the face of evolving educational paradigms. The emergence of dynamic and multimodal learning formats – such as serious games, webinars, MOOCs, and immersive experiences (VR, AR) – calls for a review of monitoring and educational interaction mechanisms. The introduction of xAPI represents a response to this demand, expanding the spectrum of traceable activities beyond traditional boundaries, embracing a holistic vision of learning where every action becomes an opportunity for enrichment and development. With its ability to integrate diverse learning experiences and its open architecture, xAPI is positioned as a natural evolution towards learner-centered pedagogy, promoting autonomous, interactive, and deeply personalized learning.

xAPI, be bold

The Experience API, better known as xAPI, revolutionizes training by providing each educational resource with a unique communication capability within a centralized training management system, all via an open and flexible programming interface. A successor to SCORM, xAPI stands out for its flexibility and openness, requiring a Learning Record Store (LRS) to store and analyze learning data. This technology allows a global design of learning, where each interaction, whether an exchange with other learners, a consultation of materials, or engagement in multimedia activities, contributes to the educational trajectory of the individual. Even more, xAPI can integrate offline experiences with asynchronous data integration, such as those from virtual reality experiences, thereby enriching the learner’s learning record with a wide variety of experiences.

The path to SMART Learning

The transition to SMART Learning represents a liberation from traditional training constraints, placing the learner at the center of a limitless learning universe. This educational approach redefines the pace of learning, allowing each individual to progress on their own terms, freed from the restrictions imposed by conventional teaching content and methods. In this ecosystem, the learner takes control of their personal and professional development, evolving autonomously through a personalized learning journey. The role of the trainer transforms into that of a mentor, who guides rather than instructs, enriching the formative journey with a diversity of resources and tools adapted to the needs and aspirations of each student. Artificial intelligence (AI) is adding to this landscape as a learning enabler, capable of analyzing and responding to learner behaviors to optimize their educational experience. Thus, education is redefining itself as a pillar of continuous development, anchored in adaptability, interaction and personalization.

Types d'apprentissage

The power of metacognitive reflection in elearning

La puissance de la réflexion
métacognitive dans l’e-learning

Metacognitive reflection: definition and issues

Metacognitive reflection is an essential element of pedagogy which significantly enriches the learning process. It awakens in learners a heightened awareness of their study methods and their approach to tasks, allowing them to adjust their strategies to optimize their effectiveness. This introspection not only reveals areas requiring additional reinforcement or support but also initiates a proactive approach to filling gaps, resulting in a significant improvement in long-term knowledge retention. By cultivating a better understanding of their learning process, learners gain autonomy, which stimulates their motivation and strengthens their commitment to their training journey.

Additionally, by encouraging a critical approach to problem solving, metacognition paves the way for the development of more effective and adaptive strategies. It plays a determining role in the ability to apply skills and knowledge acquired in one context to another, thus facilitating the transfer of learning. This ability to adapt and transfer highlights the importance of metacognition not only for academic success but also for practical and flexible application of knowledge in various real-life situations.

Application strategies

With the exponential growth of online learning, metacognition presents real opportunities to maximize its effectiveness. Some strategies can be put in place to apply metacognitive reflection in elearning.

Regular self-assessment via formative quizzes allows learners to test their understanding and zoom in on areas requiring more attention. By using reflection questions, we can go further and encourage critical thinking. It is possible, for example, to regularly integrate a case study applying recent knowledge.

Let’s imagine learners having discovered the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility. Once the concept is presented, they are asked to advise a fictitious company, “EcoTech”, which develops clean technologies but faces economic and social challenges. Learners are faced with several decisions that EcoTech must make regarding CSR. For each decision, they must choose an option and they discover the immediate consequences of their choice on the pillars of CSR.

After each decision, metacognitive reflection is encouraged. This involves answering a series of questions about why they chose this option and how it is aligned with the principles of CSR: What factors did you consider when making your decision? How does your choice reflect a balance between economic, social and environmental considerations? What are the short and long term implications of your decision for the relevant stakeholders? How could you have improved your decision with more information or resources?

Incorporating dedicated reflection breaks into learning content, inviting learners to stop and reflect on what they have just learned through guided questions, is also particularly educational. So, to help learners organize their thoughts and track their progress, it may be a good idea to encourage them to keep a digital journal to reflect on what they have learned, challenges encountered, and strategies used. It is possible to use self-reflective learning applications that support metacognitive reflection such as Evernote, Reflectly, Notion, Quizlet, MindMeister, Google Keep, or Socrative.

This reflection can also be done via reflective videos or recordings. Learners are then invited to orally express their learning process and the strategies they find effective.

Finally, another powerful strategy is self-generated feedback which involves encouraging learners to ask themselves critical questions about their understanding and actively seeking answers through additional bold resources or by delving deeper into difficult topics. To illustrate this strategy, let’s imagine self-generated feedback in a python programming course. Before beginning the module, learners complete a quick quiz to assess their prior knowledge. They receive results immediately with explanations for each answer, allowing them to understand their gaps before they even begin. The course continues with a series of videos. After each video lesson, learners are asked to write down in a digital journal what they understood, areas of confusion, and how they plan to use this new knowledge Learners then work on programming exercises, then self-evaluate their code based on criteria given by the trainer such as cleanliness of the code, efficiency and correct use of the concepts learned. Self-generated feedback: By comparing their work to the criteria, learners specifically identify where they excel and where they need to improve. After self-assessing themselves, they receive a “research mission” which consists of finding additional information to resolve code problems that they were unable to correct on their own. At the end of the module, learners answer metacognitive thinking questions, such as “How has your information search strategy influenced your learning?”, “What obstacles did you encounter while searching and how did you overcome them?”, “How can you apply information search strategies?” ‘learning that you have developed in this module to new topics or challenges?’.

In conclusion

Metacognitive thinking is an essential skill in the educational armamentarium but also a powerful catalyst for deep and lasting learning. Through strategies such as self-assessment, use of digital journals, implementation of reflective breaks, employment of self-reflective apps, and self-generated feedback, trainers can effectively equip learners with the necessary tools to navigate the complex landscape of information and knowledge.

The incorporation of these practices into elearning shows that technology is not only a means of disseminating information but can also be a partner in the development of critical thinking and self-reflection. By encouraging learners to actively engage with the learning material, reflect on their own understanding, and independently seek avenues for improvement, e-learning transcends its perceived limitations and reveals its full potential by providing a rich and transformative learning experience.

Vision Pro helmet: what impact for training?

Casque vision pro : quel impact
pour la formation ?

Apple Vision Pro has just been announced with much fanfare. Not yet available on the French market, its potential impact on professional training is considerable. The Training Departments have every interest in following the matter closely… The opportunity also for a reminder on the VR2024 headsets.

The year 2023 witnessed several key trends in the development of VR headsets, including battery life, improved screen resolution, reduced device weight, and the integration of more motion tracking technologies. precise. Very affordable financially, the popular Quest 3 and Pico 4 thus offered high-quality immersive experiences, without the burden of heavy equipment or complex installation. They have made virtual reality training more accessible to businesses of all sizes.

The evolution of virtual reality (VR) headsets towards mixed reality (MR) is another major trend that has been gaining momentum. Mixed reality combines elements of virtual reality and augmented reality (AR), providing a broader spectrum of immersive, richer and more contextual experiences. This transition marks a significant shift in the way we interact with digital content, merging it seamlessly with the real world.

In training, this means that learners can manipulate virtual objects while remaining aware and interactive with their real-world environment, which enriches learning and improves knowledge retention. For example, in the medical sector, students can practice surgical procedures in a virtual environment superimposed on physical mannequins, providing a very realistic simulation. Similarly, in industrial training, operators can receive virtual instructions and guidance overlaid on real machines, making on-the-job learning and maintenance easier.

At the dawn of its launch on the French market, the Apple Vision Pro is already arousing keen interest for its disruptive potential in the field of professional training. This mixed and virtual reality headset, powered by Apple VisionOS operating system, promises to open new frontiers in learning and skill development.

First of all, the Apple Vision Pro should stand out for its ability to run applications with superior graphics quality, far surpassing the performance of existing VR headsets. In addition, with a resolution of 23 million pixels and a 3D Micro-OLED display, the Apple Vision Pro aims to guarantee exceptional visual clarity and precision. This remarkable image quality, combined with world-class sound immersion, will mark a significant advance in the context of VR training, where hyper-realism proves to be a key factor in engagement.

Another major innovation of Apple Vision Pro is its ability to capture eye movements, hand gestures and voice commands, without requiring the use of controllers. This feature enriches interaction with training content, making learning more intuitive. Additionally, its large storage capacity means that users will be able to access a vast library of training courses, ranging from simple introductory courses to more advanced courses.

The spatial aspect described for the Apple Vision Pro highlights another advance in the management of virtual spaces and augmented reality. This feature allows users to position and interact with virtual interfaces in the physical space around them. The user can thus place virtual elements, such as screens, dashboards, or 3D objects, in a physical space, such as a room in their home or office. For example, positioning a virtual screen on an empty wall and a 3D object on a table. What sets this capability apart is the precise and persistent spatial tracking. Once a virtual item is placed in a physical space, Apple Vision Pro remembers its position. You can leave the room, then come back later, and find the item exactly where you left it.

Trainers will thus be able to create tailor-made virtual workspaces, equipped with screens and tools necessary for their activity without requiring additional physical equipment. This will create a wide variety of interactive and immersive learning environments, where learners can interact with virtual educational materials integrated into their space.

Finally, by allowing learners to navigate and interact together in a fluid and natural way in a virtual space, Apple Vision Pro should facilitate a structured and interactive approach to training, transcending physical barriers and reinventing the way we learn and work in groups.

In conclusion, Apple Vision Pro offers immense potential to revolutionize professional training, by offering immersive, interactive, and collaborative learning experiences. However, the successful integration of this technology into existing training environments and its cost remain significant challenges to overcome.

VR training: a multi-learner management and visualization trainer application.

Formations VR : une application formateur de gestion et visualisation multi-apprenants.

In the ever-changing landscape of elearning and immersive training, a major challenge faced by trainers is tracking and interacting with learners using standalone headsets. Until recently, existing solutions left trainers somewhat helpless, unable to effectively measure learners’ progress or interact meaningfully with them while they were immersed in the virtual experience. This gap in training technology has created a need for a more integrated and interactive solution. To respond to this, Audace has developed an innovative application for trainers.

The challenge of immersive training

Immersive training, although a very powerful tool for learning and engagement, presents a challenge: the isolation of the learner in the VR headset, making it difficult for trainers to monitor progress. of each participant and the provision of real-time help. Platforms like UnityRenderStreaming and WebRTC Package have attempted to meet this need by enabling live streaming of immersive content. However, these technologies offer a partial solution, primarily limited by one-way real-time interactions and a restricted ability to manage multiple users simultaneously.

Audace’s innovation

Faced with this challenge, Audace has developed an innovative multi-learner management and visualization application for autonomous headsets. This solution not only allows trainers to follow the progress of several learners in real time in a shared virtual environment but also allows direct and meaningful interaction. This technological progress represents a major breakthrough in solving the problem of learner isolation in immersive training.

Features and benefits

The app stands out for its ability to offer a real-time overview of learner activity, as well as an option to zoom in on a specific user, all with a smooth update every two seconds. It is designed to be lightweight, adaptable and customizable, meeting the varied needs of trainers and learners in different training contexts. Additionally, this solution is compatible with a wide range of devices, which significantly broadens its potential application.

Comparison and context

Comparing with previous technologies, Audace’s application offers a more robust and flexiblebold solution for immersive training challenges. While UnityRenderStreaming and WebRTC laid the foundation for live content delivery, they failed to provide a platform for effective, real-time multi-learner interaction. Audace’s innovation fills this gap.

Audace’s initiative thus responds to a pressing need in the field of immersive training by providing trainers with the tools necessary to effectively monitor, interact and measure the progress of learners using autonomous headsets.

Digital Learning Trophies: a new Audace project rewarded!

With the serious game “La Table de Marie”,
created in partnership with Audace, SKEMA Business School wins the Digital Learning Trophy

SKEMA Business School, a leading French management school, has just won the Digital Learning Trophy in the “Higher Education” category. This victory rewards its efforts in educational innovation, particularly through an innovative training project developed with the assistance of Audace.

An original solution to meet the new educational requirements of students

Every year, SKEMA Business School organizes the “Knowledge Management Sprint”, a seminar aimed at raising awareness among L3 students of the challenges of knowledge management by putting into perspective its organic and nourishing impact within a structure.

Convinced of the need to review traditional educational models intended for younger generations, SKEMA wanted to design original training mixing multi-player serious games and coaching. Indeed, a pillar of the system is provided by coaches who help students give meaning to their actions, as well as a team of correctors who feed the scores in real time and communicate feedback to the teams.

Serious gaming is a potentially powerful tool, still largely under-exploited, in the context of initial training. A comparative analysis (benchmark) revealed that it was poorly developed in higher education. However, the younger generation of students has high expectations in terms of pedagogy. They consider too much theory without practical application to be insufficient, while too much traditional case studies are seen as repetitive. So there’s a dilemma: Students need to interact with concepts multiple times to learn them, but excessive repetition makes them feel like the content is redundant.

Convinced of the need to rethink traditional educational models, the school therefore sought to meet the new expectations of students by offering a new fun and educational medium: a collaborative serious game entitled “La Table de Marie”.

Inductive pedagogy, as implemented in this system, makes it possible to resolve these dilemmas. It offers students the opportunity to discover in a concrete way the organizational and human issues encountered in the professional world in a fun way, while establishing links with the concepts covered during their undergraduate university program. This approach aims to prepare students for future responsibilities within international companies, by requiring them to work in teams, make collective decisions and make choices within a limited time frame.

“We firmly believe that the earlier students are exposed to complex management situations, the more they will develop responsible management skills, which is essential for both organizations and society as a whole. »

Béatrice TOUSTOU, Teacher-researcher

Bringing together 800 players, divided into 160 teams and across 3 sites in France: the challenge of this highly collaborative serious game

Each year, no less than 800 L3 students, divided into 160 teams on 3 campuses, participate in the Knowledge Management seminar at SKEMA Business School.

To do this, the device developed by Audace had to meet several challenges: managing a large number of players simultaneously, allowing remote team collaboration and the use of a real-time application with a scalable server.

The multiplayer serious game “La Table de Marie” thus immerses students in a scenario similar to that of “Nightmare in the Kitchen”, challenging them to resolve organizational and human issues in a high-end restaurant. They take on the role of consultants and must collaborate as a team to find solutions, while receiving personalized support from coaches and correctors.

This solution is based on the Unity 3D game engine and offers a variety of interactive activities to reinforce learning: closed activities, such as processes and quizzes, as well as open activities focused on creativity and reflection. The application’s features allow students to work interactively and validate their answers as a team.

More than 86% satisfaction: the positive impact of training!

Whether it is collaboration, learning results or the level of involvement and motivation of students, the positive impact of this educational innovation has been clearly noted by the teams of coaches and correctors.

Satisfaction was expressed through direct satisfaction questionnaires and the satisfaction survey carried out by the teaching team. We also organized post-seminar debriefing sessions with class delegates and speakers (see verbatims). The satisfaction percentage is at 86.4%, based on a very good response rate (37.85%).

The specific serious game questionnaire administered by a researcher indicates the following results: interesting activities (88%), absorption by the activities offered (88%), mentally demanding exercises (73%), fun (86%), satisfactory teamwork (88%). 

“Best seminar of the year”

“The course we worked the hardest on”

“This inductive pedagogy side is super powerful!”

Building on its success, the project is intended to be disseminated beyond the establishment, thus opening the way to new opportunities in the field of digital learning.

By winning the Digital Learning Trophy, SKEMA Business School demonstrates its commitment to educational innovation and the excellence of its teaching. From our point of view, this success perfectly illustrates the ability of educational institutions to adapt to the needs of students and push the boundaries of traditional learning using digital technologies.

Discover the project in a video.