Virtual Reality in Training

By: Anup G
25 Nov, 2019 / Blog Posts
 

What is VR?

Virtual Reality (VR) is the use of technology to create a simulated environment using 3D-generated images to immerse a user into it so that they feel like they are actually there. A variety of VR devices are available on the market, varying from inexpensive cardboard-based devices that work with a smartphone to expensive, professional-grade headsets.

Why VR for employee training?

Employee training covers an overwhelmingly broad set of topics, from basic manual labor methods to executive leadership development. 

Virtual reality is poised to be a breakthrough technology for training, mainly due to its immersive nature and the freedom it offers to practice in realistic environment without worrying about outcomes. Its impact on training initially will focus on safety and manual practice, where many jobs require skilled and practised movement and where safety is of huge concern.

Advantages of using VR in training:

  • Engagement: Training outcomes are hugely affected by candidate engagement. VR can boost engagement by its immersive training environment.
  • Safety: Professionals with difficult jobs can improve their skills without worrying about real-world consequences. They can also take risks they usually wouldn’t take or pursue creative, high-risk solutions to problems.
  • Previewing: Companies can collect employees’ responses to new initiatives by performing test runs using VR.
  • Accelerated learning: Memory formation is linked to emotional response. Candidates absorb information faster and retain what they have learned longer due to its immersive and compelling nature.

 

“The best technology has limited impact if you do not deploy it efficiently”

Thoughts to integrate VR into your training initiatives? consider the following:

  1. Employee Onboarding:
    As the cost of VR is reducing, you can now opt to send pre-loaded VR headsets with training videos to field offices instead of sending trainers.
  2. Skills Training:
    VR is a good choice to reinforce the most critical aspects of training & skill development. Health care organisations are increasingly using VR to train surgeons on new techniques in a risk-free environment. It can be a vital tool that reduces errors and lowers liability.
  3. Measure Effectiveness of Training Programs:
    One way to evaluate training effectiveness is to administer a post-training assessment following a VR session. It is proved that their skills were enhanced significantly after one VR training session. Ask employees to provide feedback about what works and what needs improvement following VR training.Integrate this input when designing your VR content.
  4. Maximize interactiveness:
    The experience gets more effective as the candidates feel they are in a real environment. Add narrations, voiceovers or hotspot overlays to make the experience more immersive and memorable. 
  5. Learning Lab:
    Allow candidates to use virtual environments to create radical new solutions to problems or upgrades to existing services or products. Ramp up the benefits of scenario-based learning, which is known to enhance critical thinking and real-world decision-making. By integrating immersive, 360-degree video into scenario-based training, the experience is more resonant and realistic, which will help people retain what they have learned. 

Here is an example of how VR can be used for training.

WeRworld:
WeRworld (https://werworld.me) is set to revolutionize virtual reality with a platform that will engage users with highly personalized immersive simulations and experiences. The goal of this project is to provide an engaging, immersive experience for police training, leveraging cutting-edge technology to augment officer capabilities and improve performance in real-world situations.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RC13D-GI30I&feature=youtu.be