The Best Ways to Use VR for Training

3/22/2021

Virtual reality training might seem like something that only takes place in sci-fi movies and TV, but VR technology is already helping to advance the skill sets of people in industries all over the globe. Not only does VR provide a safer training alternative to risky on-the-job environments, it’s adaptable and inclusive for people with disabilities. Plus, as an interactive and engaging format, it helps to boost retention and performance.

The promise of virtual reality for L&D programs

Virtual reality training is a powerful training tool that uses digital simulation of lifelike scenarios for learning, education, and training purposes. VR setups usually involve using a headset and controllers that allow learners to see, speak, and move in a 3D virtual setting and interact with real-world tools, machinery, and other trainees and instructors. VR technology can make training more interactive, engaging, and efficient, as well as safer and more hands-on for several training scenarios.

As this technology becomes more affordable and more accessible to organizations, the potential for training opportunities will only grow. Even now, there are plenty of opportunities in education and training where VR is already providing a robust platform for training and development:

  • Aviation: Pilots of planes and space craft operators can safely and sufficiently train before ever taking flight
  • Construction: VR offers valuable time in virtual training scenarios before having to put those skills to use in higher-risk situations
  • Energy: People working in refineries or who lay natural gas pipeline, for instance, need highly specialized training before starting real-life projects in these potentially hazardous positions
  • Medical: VR has already been used to help surgeons-in-training practice their skills virtually before seeing real patients in the operating room
  • Military: VR has provided military groups safer and more cost-effective training solutions when helping to prepare new recruits for their new jobs
  • Professional athletes: Pro sports teams have used VR to simulate the real-life possibilities of game day without increasing the risk of injury to players

Many businesses find the cost of VR unnecessary or don’t feel they have any training programs that need VR to be safe and successful, but VR is becoming more accessible and, in some cases, more necessary as COVID continues to change and complicate issues of training and communication for many industries. VR can also help pave the way toward more accessible training for people with disabilities, which is a growing priority for diversity and inclusion leaders. 

You might not be training underwater welders or NFL players in your organization, but the question, “What can VR training do for my teams?” might still be worth asking. An immersive training experience like virtual reality can lead to better results because VR can engage leaners so effectively. To find out how VR might work as part of your learning and development strategy, get in touch with our team for a free assessment.

 

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