Immersive Reality Training: Virtual Reality
We began this series by exploring the foundations of immersive reality. This technology is known to us in the form of Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Mixed Reality. In this series, we’ll be going through each of these immersive reality technology branches and observing their effect on training.
To recap, immersive reality is the presentation of an artificial environment, partially or entirely, that replaces a users’ real-world surroundings convincingly enough that they are able to suspend disbelief. Let’s start with the big boy on the block, Virtual reality (VR).
VR is a three-dimensional, computer-generated representation of physical worlds. These worlds are immersive, and users can interact with them as if they are real.
Currently, standard virtual reality systems use either virtual reality headsets or multi-projected environments to generate realistic images, sounds, movements and other sensations that simulates a user’s physical presence in a virtual environment. A person using virtual reality equipment is able to look around the artificial world, move around in it, and interact with virtual features or items. The applications of virtual reality can include entertainment and educational purposes.
Now that we got that out of the way, let’s talk training.
Virtual reality offers a cost-effective tool to study and replicate interactions in a controlled environment.
VR can simulate real workspaces for workplace occupational safety and health purposes, educational purposes, and training purposes. In most cases, companies use VR to allow their employees to practice dealing with real-world scenarios. It provides learners with a virtual environment where they can develop their skills without the real-world consequences of failing.
Employee engagement is critical to training outcomes, and the immersive training environment provided by VR boosts engagement with immersive experiences.
Workers with difficult jobs can sharpen their skills without worrying about real-world consequences. After all, practice makes perfect.
Virtual training reduces pressure on employees and enhances creativity. Because all training is virtual, workers can take risks they usually wouldn’t take or even pursue creative, high-risk solutions to problems.
VR provides accelerated learning when training new hires or current employees and has proved a valuable tool for corporate onboarding. The technology also allows companies to preview new initiatives, and perform test runs to see how employees respond. Because VR is such a compelling immersive experience, learners absorb information faster and retain what they have learned longer. Due to the fact that memory formation is linked to an emotional response, VR’s emotionally charged experience provides for greater memory retention.
The experience enhances recall by appealing to the senses and it’s easier to remember things when you have dealt with multiple senses.
To help you integrate VR into your training initiatives, consider customized scenarios tailored to your process.
Even the best technology has limited impact if you do not deploy it efficiently, and that is especially true for emerging technologies such as VR. Immersive realities offer a cost-effective tool to study or train. Virtual training provides a method to increase retention and recall by allowing users to experience and navigate the exact conditions they would in real life.
So, what can you get out of this?
Provide effective and repeatable training at a low cost.
Allow trainees to recognize and fix errors as they occur.
Supplement traditional training with virtual training environments to offer avenues of realism while minimizing cost and mitigating risk. The technology is here and data shows better results in practice. The challenge, however, is in the development of the content. So let us help! eCubed Training provides custom development of VR, AR, and MR training experiences for industrial professions.
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