If you could train your employees with a program that was more effective, less expensive and had better retention than traditional training methods, would you do it? I’d undoubtedly try. Sounds too good to be true but, believe it or not, virtual reality (VR) training actually makes this possible. 

Virtual reality training sounds like something straight out of science fiction. We’ve seen plenty of portrayals of this futuristic technology in television shows and movies, so it’s easy to assume all the uses of virtual reality (VR) techniques will be similar to those on the silver screen. The main difference between traditional training techniques and VR is that with traditional techniques, you “play” a role in the learning environment whereas, with VR, you are inside that role.

Virtual reality (VR) training is becoming increasingly popular, but how does it compare to traditional methods? The following article provides the facts and figures on VR training so that you can see for yourself. 

Without further ado, let’s get started.

Four Reasons VR Training Is More Effective Than Traditional Training

Reason 1: VR Training Provides An Immersive And Engaging Environment

Traditional training is just reading from slides or watching videos on a screen in front of you. VR training is immersive, which means participants feel like they are actually part of the story. They have to interact with it, which keeps them engaged and makes learning fun. Think about how much we learn when we’re playing games or reading books as opposed to simply listening to information.

In fact, a recent study found that participants who trained using virtual reality were at least 35% better at their tasks than those who trained with traditional methods.

Reason 2: VR Training Helps People Learn Faster

The reason for this is that most people are visual learners. They prefer to watch something and then try to repeat it. This is why PowerPoint presentations are popular in companies. 

However, when it comes to learning, many people can be quite easily distracted by things around them. With virtual reality, the chances of being distracted are minimized because the users have their entire focus on the subject matter. Unsurprisingly, Virtual learners have been found to be four times as focused as e-learners.

Trying to learn something in a classroom or even at home can often lead to distractions. People might start thinking about work or other things and forget what they were originally trying to learn. Virtual reality training removes these distractions since the user’s attention is focused solely on the virtual world.

Reason 3: VR Enables Employees to Learn More

Traditional learning is one-dimensional, with employees receiving the same amount of information from the instructor at the same time as everyone else. There’s no way for employees to go back and review what they missed, or what they need help understanding. In traditional learning environments, employees must sit still for hours listening to lectures, which can be boring and unproductive. With VR Learning, however, you can do the job of 2.5 hours of a traditional training session in 30 minutes.

Reason 4: VR Training Saves Money 

Training employees in-house or sending them through traditional learning methods like in-class training or e-learning is not only time consuming but also very expensive. The cost of procuring training materials such as books, videos and software can run into thousands of dollars. On top of that are the costs of venue rental and instructor fees. It’s also risky because you never know if employees will retain everything when they’re done with training.

In virtual environments, trainees can be tested immediately on their ability to master new skills without waiting for a physical environment to be prepared or for other people to be available. These benefits mean fewer constraints, thereby lowering overall costs.

Reason 5: VR Training Offers Analytics and Performance Reports

Traditional training methods are highly subjective, and thus can be hard to quantify. As a result, there is no way to tell if the trainee is making progress until they are evaluated on the job after months of training. 

With VR, instructors can monitor trainees’ performance and get instant data on their accuracy, speed, and productivity. The data collected not only reveals the overall quality of each trainee’s performance but also highlights exactly what area each trainee should work on.

For example, while learning how to treat someone with a wound in VR, you can see if the bandages are being applied correctly by watching what happens to the patient’s health meter. If your actions cause it to go down instead of up, you know to ask for help or try again until you get it right.

Takeaway

VR training helps you to embrace a more immersive style of learning that is much more versatile than traditional training. It also allows for the creation of more realistic training environments that can help to avoid common pitfalls seen in typical training. 

This can help to eliminate a lot of wasted time and money in the future, and is a better way of preparing employees to deal with difficult and unexpected situations as they arise. Ultimately, VR is the future of training, starting now will help you lead the adoption race and future-proof your organization as well as your employees. 

Wondering if VR training will help you want to improve and expand your team’s capabilities without spending an arm and a leg?

Believe it or not, the best way to determine whether VR will benefit your organization is to try it. Do not go by what people say, test, experiment, experience and then decide.

Need help? We are happy to assist you in exploring various use cases of VR training in your company and be a part of your organization’s transformational journey.

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