Using VR technologies helps to teach, train and test employees, improve their skills, develop internal communications, and more. So how does VR measure up as a training tool for soft and hard skills?
Recent research results have shown that VR can help business leaders upskill their employees faster, even at a time when training budgets may be reduced. Researchers claim that the participants who use VR learn more effectively than those who use traditional methods.
There are many benefits to VR learning, we would like to highlight five of the most important:
1. The rate of employee training increases by 4 times.
According to research, material that can take up to two hours to study in a classroom is learned in virtual reality in just 30 minutes. Even after taking into account the time it takes for beginners to learn how to use a VR headset, VR-learners still complete training three times faster than students in the classroom.
2. VR students get more hands-on experience.
VR training provides an opportunity to develop practical skills in an immersive environment, it increases the level of confidence in the correctness of actions and improves the ability to further apply the knowledge gained in work. Experiments prove that students trained in virtual reality are 40% more confident in their actions than those studying in the classroom, and 35% more confident than with online learning.
3. The emotional connection with VR content is higher.
People remember information much better when their emotions are involved. Simulation-based training in virtual reality gives people the opportunity to feel that they have received a meaningful experience, to get an emotional response to the material studied. V-learners reported being 3.75 times more emotionally connected to content than in-class learners and 2.3 times more connected than e-learners.
4. VR learning fully manages the attention of the learner
Users are significantly less distracted when learning in virtual reality. In a VR headset, simulations and immersive experiences govern human vision and attention. There are no breaks and no options for multitasking. Students are, resulting in a much higher learning rate. When learners are immersed in a VR experience, they not distracted by the phone or the environment and get more out of the training and have better outcomes.
5. VR training saves companies money
Today, the enterprise headset ecosystem costs less than $1,000, and devices bought once can be reused for training purposes. VR training allows you to reduce the cost of trainers, the training of employees from remote branches of the company, the breakdown of expensive equipment, and other factors. The more people you train, the higher your return will be in terms of money and time saved by staff during training.
VR training is already actively used by many enterprises and will soon enter the corporate culture of training on an equal footing with other existing training methods.
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