Updated: Dec 16, 2020
Back in 1966, professor Thomas A. Furness III developed the first visual flight simulator, which was used to train US Air Force pilots. This was the very first Virtual Reality training device. Pilots repeated key tasks and learned incident management tactics in simulated conditions. For a technology that is seen as futuristic, 1966 seems like ancient history. But many learning elements of that primitive simulator still hold true.
In an article published by Training Industry, W. Todd Maddox, Ph.D., says that training’s realistic goal is retention:
“The brain is hard-wired to forget. For training to be retained and guide long-term behavior, it must be stored in long-term memory.”
Related to this line of thinking is the Cone of Experience theory, developed by Professor Edgar Dale in 1969. Dale argued that the medium in which we learn is intricately related to how much we retain: We remember 10% of what we read and 20% of what we hear. Yet we remember 90% of what we do.
In this article, we will be highlighting some advantages of implementing VR in your organization.
A New Paradigm for Training
VR training has an immense advantage over other training methods. It allows learners to interact with a spatial representation of the information they’re receiving. Instead of just reading about an experience, learners can live that experience in a controlled environment. The numbers support this claim. Researchers at the University of Maryland performed a memory test on a group of people using VR and compared their results to those of a group that used a two-dimensional display on a personal computer. 40% of the participants who used VR scored at least 10% higher in recall ability than the participants who used the PC.
Virtual reality can create a detailed visual world of real-life objects so that employees can interact and engage with them without worrying about injuries. Also, simulations can present the kinds of split-second decisions and unexpected situations that were previously difficult or impossible to recreate, such as what to do if a ladder or scaffolding collapses? What to do in case of a fire emergency? And other occupational hazards.
The technology also improves operational safety, allowing for better visualization of underground assets and complex components, reducing accidents. Once a trainee has completed VR training in a virtual environment, they can graduate to AR Real-world lessons. Augmented Reality allows for side-by-side training and execution by layering additional information on top of an employee’s direct view, which gives them the feel of the work in the real world using AR. This helps to learn in a more self-taught manner, shortening but enhancing the learning curve.
Digitizing the existing technology to create novel experiences
AR/VR Training is not an industry-specific training, it’s a training paradigm that can be adapted to any industry with all the intricacies and complications specific to the industry with just a little tweaking.
3D modelling software made it possible not only to create a detailed, accurate model quickly and cheaply, but Virtual Reality also takes it to a new level by making it possible for people to immerse themselves in the project with all the details specific to it as though they were there, and interact with the environment exactly as though engaged in a walk-through. 2D diagrams of complex components can be enriched with 3D models. Employees can rotate and interact with the 3D models to gain a better understanding of the equipment. AR/VR Training is one ring to train them all.
Predictive Analytics to improve learning outcomes
A new industrial accident is in news every other day, often causing loss of life and property. The most common cause of these accidents is negligence or lack of training of the workers. Virtual Reality combined with Data Analytics and Biometric devices allows the supervisors to get an insight into the behaviour of a learner. Trainers can then adequately test and measure the achievements, user’s heartbeat, brain-wave activity, slip-ups of the trainees, and provide them with valuable feedback.
Additionally, based on the learner’s engagement and insights, trainers can make informed decisions of altering the learning module to better suit the learner's need, improve their learning and increase efficiency on the job.
If you are looking forward to implementing a Virtual Reality training scenario in your organization, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org