Talespin, a company that provides virtual reality solutions for workforce skills development, released “Where’d Everybody Go?”, a new learning product. It was launched in partnership with learning industry powerhouse Pearson.
“Where’d Everybody Go?” includes a virtual world, virtual human simulations and an interactive narrative that looks and feels much like a role-playing video game, the company said. Presented in more than 30 new immersive learning modules, the content allows business leaders to practice key skills such as building teams, managing people and shifting mindsets.
Talespin believes workplace leaders are facing a new reality in how work gets done: According to Accenture, 63% of high growth companies have adopted a hybrid workplace model, while 83% of employees prefer the same approach. Such trends are colliding with enterprise adoption of new technologies like remote work solutions, Web 3.0 and the Metaverse.
Talespin’s extended reality simulations will help managers and executives with the tools they need to address the hybrid and remote work environments, Talespin said. The timing is right: “Where’d Everybody Go?” kicks off as a new generation XR hardware devices are being released by companies including HTC Vive, Lenovo, Meta and, at some point in the future, Apple.
Welcome to Levitt Heights
“It combines the engagement and narrative of a role-playing video game with the learning efficacy and business ROI that enterprises need in a leadership development product,” said Stephen Fromkin, Talespin’s chief content officer and co-founder.
In the “Where’d Everybody Go?” environment, learners assume the role of city commissioner in the fictitious municipality of Levitt Heights. As the story progresses, they must help local businesses – both startups and enterprises – navigate challenges such as leading hybrid workforces, exploring the adoption of new technology and implementing equitable workforce practices.
Research by Pearson shows that soft skills are in the most demand by employers, “so these courses will help our customers and their leadership navigate the modern workplace,” said Pearson Workforce Skills President Mike Howells
“Where’d Everybody Go?” will be available immediately to Talespin customers and partners, the company said.