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Virtual reality (VR) is a computer-generated 3D representation of the physical world. It creates an immersive virtual world where learners can interact as if it is real. There are several VR devices available at various price points that you can choose based on your budget. The primary reason for using VR is for its immersive experience that keeps learners engaged and hooked to the content.
However, there are many other benefits that can be gained. VR is a safety pad where employees can sharpen their skills without worrying about the damage they may cause. They can fail as many times they want and learn from their failures. Since there is no fear of failure, employees are encouraged to experiment on their tasks. Without the pressure of consequences, they can enjoy training more. When employees enjoy learning, they are invested in the content and assimilate it better.
Here are some ways organizations have successfully used VR to enhance their learning experiences.
Since VR provides a safe place for the learners to practice, you can use it to hone the problem-solving and critical thinking skills of the employees. Provide them with a problem and encourage them to think about out-of-the-box solutions to regular issues. Even if they fail, they know that they will not be penalized as there are no real-world damages involved.
NASA was one of the first adopters of VR. They use it to train astronauts on various scenarios that may occur in space. VR simulates a zero-gravity environment where they can practice various movements that they require when they are in space. Even if they go wrong there is no life risk involved.
Automotive giants use VR to help get an idea of how their customers may experience driving their vehicles. VR headsets help them view the high-definition representations of the interior as well as the exterior of the cars. That way, they do not have to wait for a physical prototype to test the car features. The automotive companies also allow buyers to take a detailed look at their cars before buying with the help of VR technology.
Many organizations are using VR to enhance their onboarding and recruiting processes. HR professionals can use an interview simulator to practice interview sessions for potential candidates. They can hone their skills on how to detect warning signs on a potential employee. With VR, new hires can experience a virtual tour of multiple business locations without actually visiting them. They can even interact with their teammates from other locations, saving time and money.
VR is a great technology to bring the in-store experience to customers. Your clients can try out your products and services from the comfort of their home. Not only clothes, but hoppers can also virtually apply makeup on the image of their face. They can blend and mix different products to create their desired look, virtually.
House hunters no longer need to make the decision of which houses to visit solely based on the images available of the properties. Although they will still need to visit the place before deciding to invest, VR helps in choosing whether they should make time to visit in the first place. They can form a fairly good idea about the property from the 360 degree visuals available in the virtual environment.
Designing Digitally, Inc. is an expert in developing immersive learning experiences using VR. We combine our game development prowess with sound instructional methodologies to create training experiences that foster performance improvement.
If you are considering virtual reality for your employee training strategy, book a free consultation today and learn about the solutions that would be most effective for your company.