Objection to Innovation: Breaking Down Barriers to XR Implementation in Corporate Learning

  • June 22, 2021
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Zoom - access will be provide upon registration


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It used to be that to implement augmented and virtual reality (XR-Cross Reality) in corporate learning, you had to go BIG or go home. The cost, deployment, and device requirements meant that too many decision-makers simply went overlooked this innovative learning modality. 

But time flies in technology. Advances in XR have come fast and furious. Simultaneously, a worldwide pandemic and social justice reckoning have increased the need for next-level virtual learning. As the technology is more accessible and research showing virtual reality (VR) training leads to improved outcomes in empathy building and inclusion, it becomes clear. At this moment, XR is not only for Learning & Development visionaries, it’s for pragmatists. 

In this program, Brian Boyle, founder of CrossTrainer Learning and Heather Boyle, M.Ed, will overcome common objections to implementation and discuss how AR and VR as learning technologies are both practical and impossible to ignore. 

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CrossTrainer Promo Video: https://crosstrainerlearning.com/mixed-reality/


Ideal Audience
Learning and Development professionals, such as instructional designers, consultants, training managers and training agencies from medium to large-sized companies. Or anyone interested in XR.

Brian Boyle is a training designer, technologist, and founder of the award winning CrossTrainer®. For over 20 years he's shared his future focus, graphic vision and learning design perspective to create innovative and engaging training across multiple industries, including pharmaceutical, manufacturing, retail and more. In recent years, Brian has focused on designing mixed reality products that deepen learning experiences. In 2019, Brian’s TEDx talk “VR Therapy: Unlocking the Potential of VR” paved the way for a new line of patient-facing CrossTrainer health care applications. Brian lives in southeastern MA with his wife and 2 young daughters.


Heather Forbes Boyle believes that learners are customers and customers are learners. With a professional background in sales and an education in Instructional Design, excellent customer service is at the core of Heather's learning solutions. As CrossTrainer's Business Development Director, Heather is a combination learning consultant, communication strategist and client service specialist. Heather holds a BS in Organizational Communication from Providence College, and an M.Ed. in eLearning and Instructional Design with a concentration in Adult and Organizational Learning from Northeastern University. She lives in a suburb of Providence, RI with her husband, two young daughters and two spoiled cats. To Heather, selling is helping and when it comes to selling learning, she's certain there's no greater truth. 

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