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Talespin Expands the Immersive Soft Skills Learning Content Library and Adds Desktop Streaming Support to Its Platform

Talespin | April 30, 2021

Talespin Reality Labs, Inc., a spatial computing firm focusing on employee knowledge transfer and capabilities insights, announced today the extension of its off-the-shelf learning content library as well as desktop content streaming functionality for its app. Talespin expands the library of digital soft skills learning resources with new 'Recognizing Bias' and 'Practicing Self-Awareness' content titles in this update. The learning modules, which were previously only available on extended reality (XR) platforms, can now be streamed via web browsers on desktop devices, lowering the barrier to entry for immersive learning.

The new content and streaming capabilities arrive at a time when individuals and businesses need adaptable learning resources capable of successful upskilling and reskilling. According to the Congressional Research Service, unemployment hit a 70-year peak of 14.8% in April 2020 after the COVID-19 pandemic. In February 2021, Pew Research discovered that 66% of unemployed adults had considered changing their career or area of employment, highlighting the need for more agile reskilling and knowledge insights solutions to guide professional growth.

Talespin has established itself as a leader in skills-based immersive learning, amassing a library of training material covering key leadership and communication skills usage cases. By extending its social impact acceleration relationship with JFFLabs, an innovative market-facing unit of JFF, a national nonprofit that drives transformation in the American workforce and education systems, the organization is aggressively targeting new audiences with its content offering and desktop streaming support. JFFLabs, in collaboration with SAP, is using Talespin's new training approach to engage high school-age learners from three areas, including Queens, New York, St. Paul, Minnesota, and Hammond, Louisiana in Southeastern Louisiana. The eight-week program offers high school students a one-of-a-kind comprehensive learning experience to learn employability skills while increasing student interest in and persistence toward educational and career goals.

New Desktop Content Streaming Support

Talespin's desktop streaming technology allows users to access emotionally authentic immersive learning content on Mac and PC devices through a protected website connection, increasing user accessibility. Talespin's content streaming technology employs sophisticated augmented human simulations, conversational interfaces, and voice feedback to provide a degree of consistency and user experience that exceeds that of conventional role play or remote learning solutions such as e-learning and video. Employees can use this experience anywhere to replicate training scenarios in a comfortable environment where they can fail and learn without being judged.

About Talespin

Talespin is developing a spatial computing platform to support talent growth and skill mobility in the workplace of the future. The business, which was founded in 2015, uses its proprietary XR technology platform to include XR-based learning and training applications, virtual reality field solutions to support employee job success, and a new skills-based approach to work and productivity. Talespin, which has offices in Los Angeles and Utrecht, The Netherlands, is constructing a future of employment in which the gap between learning and execution is bridged, allowing people to choose new career paths that address the needs of both firms and individuals.

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Spotlight

The success of education is dependent on evolution and adaptation. While traditional environments have worked before, one type of education that has evolved with the digital age is virtual education, which has influenced efficiency in today’s learning environments.In today’s world, virtual online education has made an huge impact on education and its counterparts. Affordable-online-colleges.net shared a great timeline of the evolution of virtual education and its pioneers:

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