The Coaching Options Powered By VR Expertise
A look into the future of learning
In many ways, the science fiction future of learning technology is already here. Finally, VR has enabled us to interact with computer-generated, very detailed virtual environments and 3D models within a simulation using a VR headset and motion controllers. But is current VR technology feasible and stable enough to enable a practical L&D investment in 2021? How far is VR Tech from the first experimental phase?
Virtual reality as a learning technology
Reduced attention span, monotonous text-intensive learning content, lack of student engagement, the limits of passive learning, a desperate need for youth attractiveness – these are just some of the problems that trainers are currently facing. All of them can be solved with VR training. VR is poised to change the game and disrupt learning trends in more ways than one. After all, it is a completely new media format for digital learning.
The educational VR market is forecast to be worth $ 0.7 billion by Goldman Sachs! Today, some very realistic VR training simulations are being developed to safely train employees on various potentially dangerous or serious tasks. It’s easy to imagine that futuristic advances in current VR technology could turn learning into ultra-interactive experiences that are essentially next-generation video games!
Main advantages of VR-based training
- Trainers can simulate any work environment to increase the confidence of their trainees by eliminating the risk aspect and consequences of rookie mistakes.
- The University School of Medicine in Atlanta found that surgeons trained in VR Sims worked 29% faster and made 40% fewer mistakes than those trained conventionally.
- VR Sims are unique, self-paced, interactive workouts that have reportedly reduced the amount of time spent training.
- The “coolness factor” of gaming technology and its obvious appeal to Millennials and Generation Z-eros is undeniable.
- The fundamentals of gamification theory are inherently intertwined with the nature of VR.
- VR-trained employees complete the same technical tasks faster than before. and,
- Study participants trained using a VR-based module showed a 9% more accurate memory retrieval.
Possible disadvantages of the current VR tech
Some of the tools in this particular subject are not (yet) cheap, like the VR headset. VR technology is already evolving from its inception, however, and the sky’s the limit for the exciting technological advances that could make VR headsets a household item in the near future – and there is something to be said to look ahead to to plan !
Is VR Really an Affordable Training Solution?
The short answer is yes. Some of the pioneering learning providers in our community are paving the way for the development of VR technology as an approachable training option that doesn’t have to use up your own L&D budget. 3D models for VR are developed using software such as Autodesk Maya and Adobe Photoshop. And the VR Sim itself can be developed using game engines like Unity (nothing special).
Below are some of the affordable and creative ways VR technology is currently being used in learning:
- Machine operation and device training VR Sims
- VR classrooms as a replacement for traditional teaching methods
- Virtual chemistry laboratory simulations for university purposes
- Pilot flight training VR Sims
- Demanding sales training scenarios with branched story paths based on the decisions of the trainees
- Employee induction and campus orientation in a VR-based module
- Car driving simulators for people learning to drive
- Compliance safety training together with VR-simulated fire protection exercises
- “Active Shooter” drills VR simulators for security guards and the police
There is also the recent phenomenon of informative “virtual tours,” which serve as “excursions” that any student can take to simulated historical settings and landmarks. Essentially, you can take your learners with you anywhere in the world without leaving your classroom. Most experts agree that VR is the future of learning and it’s already here. The only question is: are you ready for this?
To prepare for the needs of the future, you need a radically transformative training tool to improve your overall L&D strategy. And VR is a relatively safe choice as the list of business-centric learning applications is growing and going well beyond safety and device training. Immersion to the next level is key to the future of learning!
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