Development of VR learning apps for hard skills

Why do we need educational VR apps for Hard skills?

Development of VR learning apps for hard skills

Hard skills are professional skills and knowledge necessary for a specialist to work, that can be taught and measured. To learn hard skills, you need to master the materials and instructions, and the quality of training can be checked with the help of an exam.

Most often, the process of professional development and training employees, especially young, is carried out by the employer. It includes the costs of logistics, equipment, consumables, and the time of more experienced employees who constantly train newcomers, or the work of specialists from third-party companies involved in learning. For large companies with many employees, this is a huge expense.

VR technologies in education helps to significantly simplify the learning process, and, at the same time, spend much less human and financial resources. One ready-made VR course can be used to train employees for several years, including in remote branches, at the same time, the costs of salaries of specialists who were previously involved in staff training and travel expenses are spent.

The main difference between VR training and other technologies (presentations, video sequences, 2D and 3D graphics, etc.) is that virtual reality provides the effect of immersion and personal participation of the student. The human brain quickly ceases to separate actions in reality and actions performed in VR and helps to assimilate and consolidate information at the subconscious level, it increases the effectiveness of learning by more than 30%.

The main advantages of virtual reality in learning

1. VR allows to study in detail objects and processes that are inaccessible (or accessible with great restrictions) for study in ordinary reality. For example, the operation of large-sized dangerous mechanisms, the anatomical features of the structure of the human body, the scenario of actions during a complex emergency.

2. With the help of VR, you can carry out complex operations without any risk, experiment with dangerous chemical elements, reproduce accidents and emergencies, hone your aircraft control skills during emergency situations, and much more. Regardless of the complexity of the scenario, the training will not harm the student or others and will not leave a mark on the psyche of the student.

3. During training in a VR headset, a person is almost not affected by external stimuli. He can easily not be distracted by external factors and fully concentrate on the material, that affects the depth of his assimilation. The most people are visual: what a person saw with his own eyes is always remembered better than what he read. And in the case of the involvement that the VR environment provides, the memorability of the material increases significantly.

4. A significant part of the information can be presented in the form of gamification, turning a dry theory into a visual game, and making the material for study more understandable and much more interesting for students. In virtual reality, you can conduct chemical experiments, study the circulatory system, operate a huge ocean liner, see outstanding historical events with your own eyes and solve complex problems in a more fun and understandable game form, that increases the effectiveness of the training.

The developers of educational applications are faced with the task of ensuring that the materials being learned meet the requirements of the work ahead, to increase the efficiency of the educational process, and to ensure the skills learned during the training are successfully applied in the further work of specialists.

Scope of these apps

Working with equipment

Students, being in the office, in the virtual space can visit the production and study in detail the operation of inaccessible or complex equipment, examine its device from the inside, study work processes and equipment control techniques. Employees have to work with large equipment that could be hazardous to them. Also, during training, an employee may accidentally break equipment due to ignorance of how to use it. In all these cases, the learning process can result in losses for both the employee and the employer. VR eliminates this possibility, and even in the event of damage to a set of VR equipment, its cost is several times lower than the cost of professional equipment or human health.

Working with complex industrial equipment

In many industries, employers are faced with the need to train new employees, or upgrade the skills of existing ones, to operate complex industrial equipment, such as drilling rigs. With the help of VR training app, an employee can not only thoroughly study the operation of the equipment without leaving the place of work, but also practice an infinite number of times, without the need to stop important work processes, assign supervising specialists, and without risks to themselves, equipment, and others. Thus, starting directly to work with industrial equipment, employees already have a virtual experience and have a good idea of ​​the operation of the equipment and various scenarios for its use.

Management of complex office equipment

In today's offices, new employees may be exposed to technologies they have never encountered before. With the help of virtual reality headsets, an employee can easily and quickly get acquainted with all the latest technology in the workplace, figure out how a new complex MFP works, how to book a digital meeting room, and document approval processes, get acquainted with the general office layout up to the operation of a coffee machine and air conditioning, make an appointment with colleagues and many other simple, but time-consuming processes. Thus, the employee does not distract his colleagues or HR by asking questions about the operation of a particular technique and can quickly join the work processes.

Providing first aid

For specialists in many industrial professions, first aid skills are also important, it can be decisive for saving a person's life in an emergency. Immersion in virtual reality allows to see in detail the medical manipulations with a 360-degree view in real time, as well as try the trainee to perform various actions to help the victim, which, depending on the scenario, will lead to different results. As in the case of emergencies, theoretical knowledge may not be enough, and practice on mannequins or living people reflects only a small part of the likely development of events.

Practicing actions in case of emergency

In virtual reality, you can simulate not only any environment and objects, but also any situation: from a fire in the workplace to a robbery, work out the procedure with employees and work on mistakes without risking your life. VR allows a person to be in a real situation without real consequences, which is especially valuable, because it is very difficult to teach behavior in an emergency on paper or with the help of video, and recreating emergency conditions is life-threatening. Aircraft pilots can practice emergency landings in a variety of weather conditions, train drivers can learn what to do in the event of a brake failure, and bank employees can try different scenarios for dealing with robbers. For maximum realism, you only need VR headset and controllers.

Visualization and work with 3D models

It is possible to show in detail chemical processes down to the atomic level by modern 3D modeling capabilities, step-by-step operation of an internal combustion engine, study the structure of the human brain by departments, and much more. Virtual reality is able not only to provide information about the phenomenon itself, but also to demonstrate it with any degree of detail. Thanks to three-dimensional modeling, it is possible to accurately represent the shape, dimensions, and other parameters of an object.

Preparation of reports, documents, regulations

With the help of virtual reality training app, a new employee can quickly get acquainted with the existing company regulations, learn how the document flow works, learn how to interact with different departments of the company to get the fastest and best results. For example, for a half-hour training in a VR headset, you can complete a whole cycle of actions for compiling reports, get an understanding of who is responsible for what within the company, how to request the necessary information, in what form it should be systematized, and what the result should be. With a sufficiently developed virtual space, the student also may find himself in a digital copy of a real office. Later it will help him to navigate the location of departments more easily and quickly immerse himself in the workflow. At the same time, HR or a manager can observe the training from the outside, evaluating the performance of a new employee.

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