Heard this famous saying “I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand”? The quote in itself indicates the importance of doing a thing to learn it well. This is what VR Training is all about. Immersing the user in a true-to-life work scenario, VR Training allows them to interact with the environment, practising skills in real-time. This builds the muscle memory of the learner, enhancing on-site performance while boosting his confidence drastically. 

However, this is just one of the many benefits of VR training. Before we move forward, I would like you to read “What is VR Training” to better understand the term, its different types and the benefits of the same. Once you are done, you can come back to read about the pros and cons of VR training.

Advantages of VR Training 

  1. Learning by doing

As mentioned before, Virtual Reality training or as we call it VR Training places the learner in a virtual environment and allows him to have hands-on practising. The learner has access to industry-graded actual tools that can be used to learn and practice the skill in a realistic manner. Be it product assembly in a manufacturing company or surgery in healthcare, VR training allows learning in an interactive and engaging format. Given that the learner performs the skill and learns the art of it by practically doing it, they have better hold over the skill and are likely to perform better when exposed to the actual job site. 

  1. Gamified learning 

VR-based learning goes beyond the traditional form of training. Instead of relying on the conventional paper and pen method of training, VR offers tools to interact with the environment and create a sense of liveliness. Besides, these solutions are designed in a way that arouses excitement in the minds of the learner. Integrating different levels for training, having scorecards and elements such as rewards and bonuses further gamifies the overall learning experience. Extended applications could have an environment where trainees can compete with each other, making it more interesting for them.

  1. Safe and Risk-free

Certain skills come with a level of risk. Say training the early stage firemen to effectively evacuate residents from a compartment. Training conventionally would more or less be a presentation or a previous use case, highlighting the best practices, the dos and don’ts. With VR training simulators, you can create a hypothetical scenario where a house is on fire and then train the staff to act and manage the situation. Being within the environment makes it all real for the learner and therefore prepares him to better cope with the real-life challenges of his job. Considering it as a virtual replica, the environment is safe but ideal for the staff to train their reflexes and get a real feel of the situation.

  1. Real-time performance tracker

When it comes to training, performance evaluation is a must. In fact, it is one of the most important factors deciding whether a student qualifies or is job-ready. VR training simulators have the provision of analysing and assessing the performance of the student on a level-by-level basis. In addition to this, the solution also renders a detailed report of the student’s overall performance indicating his strengths and weaknesses. Since the evaluation is done in real-time, it makes it easier for the trainee and the trainer to know which area requires precision and has scope for improvement. 

  1. Practice until perfect

Being a virtually simulated environment, training does not require any consumables or raw materials. Students have the ease to practice the skill numerous times without adding to the cost of training. Meaning that they can make mistakes, learn from them, and repeat until they

consider themselves job-ready. Furthermore, every student can learn at their own pace without worrying about time or money.

  1. Cost-effectiveness

With all the features mentioned above, VR training solutions are also cost-effective. While this is a common notion that VR training solutions cost a lot, reality has a different tale to tell. VR training does not require a dedicated space to train the students. Being a virtual solution, students can learn at their convenience, avoiding travel costs. In addition to this, VR training does not require equipment or raw materials to practice the skill, once again cutting the cost of training. 

Disadvantages of VR Training

  1. Conflicts of the senses

Immersive VR Training requires the user to wear head-mounted displays. Exposure to the virtual environment is often seen to mess up with the senses causing dizziness and nausea. Having the device worn further poses significant problems to people with eyesight issues. Physical fatigue, motion sickness and eye strain are a few of the issues reported by users of VR headsets worldwide. 

  1. Requires up-front investment

Switching from the traditional form of learning to VR training requires a one-time cost. This depends on the type of training deployed, the total number of employees for which the solution is implemented, and a few other factors. However, the solution is cost-effective in the long run given that it is scalable and can be upgraded or modified as per the need of the industry.

Conclusion

VR training is sure to disrupt the learning and development sector in times to come. Nearly every sector would harness the potential of the technology and why not? The actions of today will shape the reality of tomorrow. Now is the right time to explore the technology and integrate it in the best possible way.

However, before deploying the solution, you must understand what your business requires and what could be the various ways you can implement the solution. In case you are not sure how to identify the best solution for your business, reach out to us for help. 

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