Training is such a vital part of any well-run business, that anything that can potentially improve upon existing methods is met with excitement, but also trepidation. Embracing new technologies can be daunting, but the benefits of multi-user virtual reality training are numerous and can help take your business to the next levels of success.
Bring back the Excitement of Learning
No one is perfect. Everyone understands they have skills that can be developed, and new things they could learn to improve their job performance. However traditional learning methods, such as seminars, presentations and online self-service guides often do not inspire a passion for learning.
Companies that offer virtual reality training however find that both new and existing employees are keen to use the new tech to learn. The excitement of trying a new medium encourages people to join in, make time in their schedules, and experiment. A good virtual training system can channel this excitement into a solid set of new skills, or refreshed and strengthened existing abilities.
New employee skills can revolutionise your workforce, but it can be difficult to encourage people to take the time out of their busy days to strengthen their existing skills and acquire new ones. Organising a training course for several people with conflicting schedules can be almost impossible, but the expenditure for one-on-one sessions can be prohibitive.
Virtual training however, can be done at any time, anywhere across the world. Sessions can be set up for group or individual learning, and anyone with either a VR headset, or simply access to a web browser can join in.
Increase Knowledge Retention
Several research studies have been carried out which show the effectiveness of virtual reality in learning. In a study on students, it was found that “knowledge taught in traditional mode is more inclined to be forgotten, while VR-based teaching could help students get a deeper impression and maintain long-term memory because it creates a quosi-real environment, interacts with students and make students more involved in the teaching.”
Another similar study states that VR learning is more engaging and fear-arousing than [traditional learning], a factor that can contribute to explain the obtained superior retention.
Physically carrying out tasks cements the actions in your mind in a far more effective way than simply reading or being told about the necessary procedures. Virtual reality allows trainees to physically interact with recreated versions of real life assets such as tools and machinery. This not only means that employees receive much more meaningful training, but also far increases the amount of information they can recall in future.
Reduce training times
As employees learn much faster in virtual environments than through traditional training methods, training times are dramatically reduced. A learner can move through learning modules and progress to full autonomy with fewer lessons. This not only reduces the cost of training, but frees up teachers’ and trainers’ valuable time. It also shortens the length of time that an employee needs to carve out of their day to day job to learn new skills. For new starters, onboarding becomes a much faster and more interesting process, meaning they can quickly begin working as an effective employee.
Another benefit of virtual reality training is how flexible the scenarios and setting can be. Whether an employee needs a full training session, or just a top up of a certain skill area, the training can be adjusted to suit their needs. Instant reset and restart means scenarios can be repeated as many times as the learner needs, far easier than in the real world.
Every interaction that happens in the virtual world can be tracked and saved for later reporting and analysis. This allows trainers to monitor the progress of each trainee, and also the efficiency of each part of the training process. This allows for adjustments to be made where necessary to make your training program continually relevant and successful.
Reduce your Travel Spend
Multi-user VR allows workers from anywhere in the world to collaborate as if they were in the same room. Switching between VR, presentation and webcam modes make it simple and easy to confer information between colleagues in a natural way. This cuts the time and cost of travel, and makes it a great deal easier to schedule for multiple contributors.
About the author – Tom Symonds:
Tom is CEO at Immerse. Tom has gained a reputation for innovation and the creation of disruptive business models following 8 years at GE Capital and 12 years at leading internet businesses. He led Sky through the dotcom fall out, establishing it as one of the major internet players in the UK. Tom has since worked with start-up businesses within the field of e-Learning, using his extensive expertise to leverage technology in order to address key business needs.