Virtual Reality (VR) is becoming increasingly popular in gaming and advertising, and has recently made its way into our homes in the form of headsets such as Facebook’s Oculus Rift. But its potential goes way beyond entertainment. VR could transform the way companies deliver staff training, providing immersive experiences that bring theory to life in high definition. Here are some of the benefits of using VR to enhance your training offering.
VR staff training turns learning into experience
Applying learnings to real-life situations – particularly those which are highly stressful – can be a challenge. It calls for us to remember key pieces of information, convert them into action, and manage our own stress responses in a matter of minutes or seconds. The benefit of Virtual Reality is that it accesses parts of our brains that recognise training as real memories. This enables us to perform tasks for the first time in the real world as if we’ve done it before.
A 2004 study by Ferry et al stated that “Simulation[s] can provide authentic and relevant scenarios, make use of pressure situations that tap users’ emotions and force them to act. They provide a sense of unrestricted options and they can be replayed”.
VR training encourages interaction
Far from being a passive experience, VR training encourages participants to play a proactive role in their learning. It takes learning beyond the walls of the classroom and into an environment where participants can actively explore their surroundings. It stimulates a sense of presence, and removes unnecessary distractions.
VR training can also encourage participants to interact with one another. Not only does it create a less formal environment, VR training can also be set up in a way that requires participants to collaborate on tasks and activities.
VR training is engaging
In her book Research-Based Strategies to Ignite Student Learning, Neurologist Judy Willis demonstrates that fun experiences increase levels of dopamine, endorphins, and oxygen, all of which promote learning. A further study on humour in teaching showed that students were better able to recall information that had been delivered in an engaging way. And as consumers rush to enhance their home gaming experiences through the use of VR, it’s clear that virtual reality is, without a doubt, an exhilarating experience.
That said, VR is equally applicable to serious situations, including fire safety and emergency response training. The beauty of it is its versatility.
These are just a few examples of a whole host of benefits that come with using Virtual Reality in your staff training. VR offers a safe environment in which to explore potentially unsafe situations, it transcends environmental constraints and can be flexed to meet your employees’ specific needs.
Absorb Reality provides fully immersive and interactive staff training through virtual reality headsets. It’s affordable, scalable, and provides a high quality learning experience with knowledge retention above any other training method. Get in touch to find out how we can help transform the way you train your staff.