Virtual Reality business training and education?

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More and more companies rely on Virtual Reality training their employees, learning work processes or education. But what are the advantages, how can you implement virtual reality and where is the solution for the future?

Today’s working world is characterized by increasingly rapid change processes. This results in a major change in the requirements for in-house training. Employee training and training programmes should produce results faster, be cheaper to implement and be easier to control. In the process, a clear trend has been emerging for some time now: more and more companies are opting for virtual training with VR glasses.

Virtual Reality Training with Walmart and Deutsche Bahn

The internationally active retail company Walmart, has created a VR training program to train its employees with the Oculus Go. In Germany Deutsche Bahn is instructing its train attendants for their deployment in ICE trains. The aim in each case is to familiarize the employees with certain motion sequences and situations in a simulated, immersive environment and to learn these firmly before they find application in real practice.

[Quelle: Youtube.com / DB Systel GmbH]

Virtual Reality is Standard in Major Enterprises

In large companies, especially in the automotive industry or in industry such as machine manufacturing, virtual reality training programs are already standard. The big advantage is that the use of virtual reality glasses requires only a few resources compared to time-consuming and costly training procedures. This also helps companies to optimize their workflows, which gives them a competitive edge. However, more and more medium-sized companies or individual enterprises, such as those in the craft industry, are increasingly relying on training in virtual reality.

[Quelle: Youtube.com / Walmart]

Simulate dangerous situations without danger

The idea that Virtual Reality is used for training purposes is basically nothing new. Already since the 1980s, the NASA on virtual reality applications. But the great progress that Virtual Reality has made in terms of deployment possibilities and financial affordability is now making a general breakthrough. This is one of the great advantages of the technology: you can display and simulate anything you want. Whether it is your own premises, objects or situations that cannot yet be represented in reality, or human actions. For example, employees can be actively involved in safety training courses before they have to work directly with instruments or machines. Dangerous situations with a high potential risk can be simulated without putting people at risk. And almost any possibility can be represented in the virtual world before it really has to happen. This means that errors can be avoided before they even occur.

VR trainings in creativity and innovation

But immersive technologies are also increasingly being used in creativity training or innovation management. Through systematic exercises, creative processes are trained and the innovation culture in companies is promoted in order to develop new solutions and approaches for the challenges of everyday business. Managers learn to train their ways of thinking in negotiation situations or to find important decisions for personnel in selection processes. Companies also see more and more successful results in the use of VR applications in team-building measures and joint immersive experiences.

As a business, how can I use Virtual Reality in training and education?

It should start with an internal analysis:

– Is there any need for improvement in the training of employees?

– Are there any movement sequences and actions that can be trained virtually? For example sales training, service, use of machines or technical aids or certain recurring situations?

– Is there a need for the company to make its existing training and work equipment more cost-effective and efficient?

– The advantage in terms of space: Does the training and education often require more space? VR training courses have the advantage of being held in the smallest of spaces.

– Do the employees have to overcome distances and is it time-consuming to bring several employees to one location at the same time? Virtual reality applications allow several participants to act virtually online at the same time.

– Do I want to stay competitive and use the improvement potential of the technology?

Testing virtual reality hardware and applications

As a further step, hands-on is useful. Test different VR glasses in your company for free, such as HTC Vive Pro or self-sufficient VR headsets such as Oculus Go. Especially with regard to multiple users and training, it is possible to test software solutions in advance, which can then be adapted and developed to specific needs. In the planning phase, the requirements of the employees play an important role. Because technology is always used most sensibly when the people who are to use it also generate added value from it.

Last modified: 20. June 2019

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