man wearing a VR headset for training

The pandemic caused unprecedented disruption to the global corporate landscape. Business units suffered and capacity-building programs were put on hold. 

However, with the ability to simulate products, ideas, environments, and experiences, immersive technologies are now declaring their potential to become the backbone of enterprise training during and after COVID-19. From entire factories to individual products, virtual and augmented reality can simulate anything. Simulations can include replicas of potential and actual physical objects, processes, people, places, systems, and devices that can be utilized for a wide range of applications. 

Listed below are virtual and augmented reality applications that can drive efficiency and outcomes in remote training programs.

VR Applications for Training

Incident Management and Response Training

VR fire trainer environment

Immersive technologies let employees practice in potentially hazardous situations without real-world consequences.

VR simulations allow you to integrate digital assets into physical devices, and manipulate virtual aspects of the training program such as locations, potential stressors, and other environmental elements. This enables companies to create realistic and immersive training scenarios.

People who trained on the digital model were 45 percent more accurate and nearly 30 percent faster in performing the real-life tasks than those who only received traditional classroom training.

  • Scott Smith, Texas State University Associate Professor and Augmented Reality Systems’ chief executive. 

XR’s potential to boost efficiency, safety, and business outcomes drove its adoption in high-risk industries. The technology has been mainly used for training, particularly in emergency response, facility inspections, and safety training. Recently featured on BBC, our VR Fire Trainer has been selected as one of the solutions that enable emergency response training without risk. 

Machinery and equipment usage

Operational shutdowns and logistical hurdles may occur when implementing and conducting traditional programs, particularly when methods involve heavy equipment and complex scenarios.

VR technologies can train staff on usage and operational processes by generating ‘digital twins’ or virtual prototypes of machinery in a customized environment. These simulations can be accessed via a website link, mobile device, or VR headset. 

A great example of this would be the Conductive electrical circuitry simulation we developed for Installatörsföretagen (The Industry and Employer Organization for Electricians and Plumbers in Sweden). In this application, users are placed in a simulated environment where they can practice and learn how to work with sockets, cables, light bulbs, junction boxes, switches, and other equipment included in the institution’s electrician program.

Experiential Learning

VR has been used in both technical and soft skills training. This adoption has been driven by the technology’s capacity to immerse the user and change behavior in a controlled space.

With a deeper level of immersion and interaction, organizations found that using virtual reality in training can prolong knowledge retention and increase performance levels.

According to Dr. Narendra Kini, CEO at Miami Children’s Health System, the retention level a year after a VR training session can reach 80 percent, compared to 20 percent retention after a week with traditional training.

Moreover, recent research from PwC found that VR-trained employees were 4x faster to train and 275% more confident to apply skills in the real world compared to classroom learners. This shows that immersive technologies have strong potential to yield greater results, from employee engagement to business outcomes.

The possibilities with immersive technologies are endless. VR and AR went beyond being a ‘passing trend’, and became an engine for long-term growth and innovation, particularly in training. In a pandemic-stricken world, these technologies are set to redefine the future of business. 

Consult with our AR and VR experts to learn how you can utilize XR’s capabilities for your training programs. Get in touch with us at info@vobling.com.

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