4 Practical Uses for VR and AR

11/2/2021

Certain qualities hold the most value for hiring managers and HR organizations. Depending on the role, education and a positive attitude are essential, but your experience and skillset truly determine future success. We learn by doing, and the more we do, the better we perform. You can’t learn to drive while sitting in a room, right? 

Skill-building is one reason VR and AR have evolved significantly over the past few years. Today, this technology is not just limited to science fiction or video games – it's used in learning and development to provide a hands-on learning experience. It can help potential employees with a great background and little experience perfect their skills.

AR and VR have evolved to change how we play games, watch sports, enjoy concerts, and decorate our homes. But the applications don’t stop there – VR and AR have growing practicality in the learning and development industry, too.

VR, or virtual reality, is a simulated experience that mimics the real world – a three-dimensional, computer-generated illustration of the physical world. VR delivers an immersive and interactive experience that makes you feel physically present in that situation.

AR, or augmented reality, enhances the experience of a live view by adding digital elements to what you see. It alters the way you perceive a real-world scenario. 

Benefits

VR and AR have various benefits when used for learning and development. Some of the top benefits include:

  • Training safely and affordably
  • Emergency preparedness for speculative scenarios
  • Role-playing to develop soft skills and interpersonal expertise
  • Innovative learning to boost learning retention.
  • Less stress for trainees, which leads to more productivity
  • Accelerated learning and skill mastery

VR and AR develop well-trained employees faster and with less stress, which is welcome news to learning and development professionals. These tactics are excellent tools for your blended learning toolbox and have several practical uses in the workplace.

4 Practical Uses for AR/VR 

VR-based corporate training is expected to produce $6 billion by 2022. Most industries have a strong potential for VR and AR learning with many advantages, including time and cost savings. Here are 4 ways you can use AR/VR to help your organization:

Taking Creative Risks

VR and AR are beneficial for developing or polishing your team’s creative thinking skills. Because it's a virtual environment where practically no risk is involved, learners may try new ways to solve a problem. If it doesn’t work, there are no real-world consequences. If it does work, you have the opportunity to create a new workflow.  VR and AR not only reduce the stress on the learner but also increase training efficiency. 

VR Learning Lab

Another great practical use of AR/VR technology is to use it as a learning lab. For instance, a big box store could utilize VR sets to train employees to handle Black Friday sale crowds, preparing them for any customer or emergency. In a learning lab, employees can access a series of training within the simulated environment and see how their roles affect other team members and the company.

Onboarding

There’s a huge learning curve when a new employee is welcomed into an organization, not only for the employee, but the organization as well. The company has to learn about the new employee and spend resources on their training and orientation while preventing sensory overload and overwhelm for new staff members.

VR/AR technology allows companies to scale onboarding without additional HR resources, and because it’s innovative and fun, employees may remember more information than the alternative. 

Practicing One-on-One Interactions

With VR and AR, employees can practice one-on-one interactions. This application of VR is handy for people who deal with customers. Sales teams could also practice overcoming objections and aligning their presentations to company branding, so when they work directly with a potential customer, the interaction is straightforward and successful.

VR and AR are undoubtedly the future of learning and development. It is an effective learning tool that involves minimum risk and maximum benefit for your organization and brings a captivating learning experience for your team.

 

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