FAQ Virtual Reality Training
Two of our three VR Safety Training solutions involve fully customizable options. The great news is that there is a program to fit into any organization's budget.
Here are some highlights of each program:
- A partnership program that takes the trial and error out of VR Training creation
- We work directly and intimately with your team starting with analysis and integrations consultation
- Your team educates us on your organization's unique training needs
- Based on your specific training needs and desired outcomes, we create a full VR Training simulation pilot project
- After your organization has approved the pilot VR training, we then develop a fully customized VR training program for overall distribution in your organization
- An affordable program that is simple-to-use and easy to implement
- It takes the "technology" demands out of VR content creation
- You shoot your existing training simulations & exercises and sent us the footage
- We support you in the processing, editing, interactivity, and deployment of the finished exercises to your classroom
Absolutely! Since VR technology is so visually based, you don't have to have words. You can use symbols, imagery, and situations.
It's the difference between describing a situation and experiencing a situation. If somebody is describing using words or pictures, that's one thing. But if somebody lives it, that's an entirely different experience that doesn't necessarily relate to the written word on the screen.
In fact, in one of our training experiences for trenching, when the learner makes a mistake and virtually walks outside the shielding that protects them, the trench collapses. That's a visceral experience. You don't need words. You don't need anything on the screen because you're experiencing it. In fact, the user experience is that there isn't even a screen; it's their world.
Virtual reality allows individuals to actually feel what somebody might be going through, like when we talk about walking in someone else's shoes.
VR training allows the learner to watch an exchange between two different people and actually feel how those emotions might feel. There's no other technology and no other learning tool that can bring those emotions out of people as VR does.
Adult learners remember more when they are emotionally involved and invested in a situation; VR bridges that gap in a way that no other technology has been able to do thus far. That's why it's so powerful.
Affordability is one of the top concerns that organizations have when it comes to creating VR content, and up until recently, off-the-shelf VR simulations have not been readily available.
Our organization has taken a different approach to creating content. We are so passionate about getting the technology into as many people's hands as we possibly can because we know that it will generate better, more effective outcomes.
We have developed several programs under the idea of VR for the Masses™ so that there is a program that can fit any budget and will allow any organization to begin to experiment with the technology in a cost-effective way.
We have outlined our various programs on our website that go step-by-step through what each plan entails. We show what the benefits are to the end-users. Each program has a relatively affordable entry point for each of those programs.
Keep in mind that at 360immesrive - it's all scalable. Plans can go from the basic off-the-shelf modules to the most custom training possible. Everything can be modified to meet an organization's budgetary concerns.
Adult learners these days want something that they can physically interact with. They want the ability to apply their learning directly to their job or skill. They want to learn on-demand. They want instant access to information when they need it at their fingertips.
Traditional training methods don't allow for that. They just don't.
What VR allows for is the ability for adult learners to interact. The answers aren't in front of them. They get the opportunity to use technology, explore environments, and develop their critical skill thinking.
With VR, it's not just an instructor or an eLearning course pushing information. VR allows the adult learner to get immersed in the content. They're able to develop their behavior skills of adventure and exploration and the ability to think creatively, where the answer may not be apparent to them immediately.
The learner has to use all of their senses to be able to gather information, understand their situational awareness, and what could happen. VR allows them to make choices and will enable them to fail so that they can practice again to get it right.
And since it's not multiple-choice, there's not a correct answer. The learner has to go figure out what the next step is, and that's the power of this technology.
VR comes into play because it engages people. You can step into their shoes, and you can create an environment where they can't just check the box. The training can't be "one and done." Learners have to engage at least in that part of the course, and they have the potential for more effective learning and higher retention.
As if that's not enough, VR makes training fun again.
It's fun. And when we talk about retention and about creating content, that is memorable. You see, it's the emotion behind the situations, scenarios, and simulations, and that's where muscle memory begins to develop. The power of VR is to create what it's like in real life and then giving that to adult learners in a format in which they can engage.
Our world has changed dramatically. Most traditional training videos have just gone out the window. The generation that's headed into the workforce right now was born with technology literally in their hands, and the other generations as well have gotten very savvy with technology.
For a trainer that is trying to reach the younger generations, it’s easy to integrate VR into a classroom setting or a virtual instructor-led training session. More and more trainers are looking for low-cost training simulations that they can incorporate easily. Trainers are concerned that they will be able to integrate VR seamlessly into the classroom or into an eLearning course.
Our VR training can be viewed on mobile devices or be displayed on PCs in the classroom. Also, you can embed links directly into PowerPoint presentations, which can give a very immersive experience. This can be an effective way to supplement lessons and give the adult learner a better training experience in a way that is easier to engage with.
VR training is not only suited for eLearning courses but now that live presenters are going virtual, there’s no better way to engage an audience that may be across the country or across the globe, than a VR experience woven into their existing content.
If we look on the top search terms on Google regarding Virtual Reality (VR), people still don't really know what it is - they're asking, "What is it?"
Simply put, VR is the ability to put somebody in a circumstance that actively feels like they are in a real scenario.
Two great things about VR training are:
In general, the best way to train someone is to safely immerse them into a scenario where they can practice, and safely experience consequences of their mistakes. They are right there where the action happens; they are doing it; they are experiencing consequences instantly. Training becomes a whole-body experience, rather than just cramming for a test to check a box. Virtual Reality is the best technology for repeatably simulating real-life immersion, and approaches the same effectiveness, but safely.
Imagine having your people look forward to their next safety training. Is this even possible? Yes, it is, with VR. Video games are fun, and VR enhances this by making it more immersive. Consequently, people automatically associate VR with fun. The same people also associate classroom lectures, PowerPoint presentations, and worn-out videos, with boredom, anxiety, and pain. By incorporating VR into your training, you harness forces already working in people's lives to move them from a "have to" mindset to a "want to" mentality.
One of the most powerful things about VR technology is the ability to develop emotional intelligence. This is something inherently lacking in traditional training methods. The only way to develop emotional intelligence isn't through a textbook, video, or PowerPoint presentation. It is by experiencing something for yourself.
Giving people exposure to different cultures, environments, communication styles, and overall behaviors, while allowing them to experience consequences of doing it well or poorly, is part of the learning process. Additionally, allowing the viewer to determine what is the correct response and what is the right next step solidifies learning and retention.
Here are just a few of the strengths of VR in training:
In general, the best way to train someone is to safely immerse them into a scenario where they can practice and safely experience the consequences of their mistakes. They are right there where the action happens; they are doing it; they are experiencing results instantly. Training becomes a whole-body experience, rather than just cramming for a test to check a box on a test. When your people can play with something, they learn better. Virtual Reality is the best technology for repeatably simulating real-life immersion.
Imagine having your people actually look forward to their next safety training. Is this even possible? Yes, it is, with VR. Video games are fun, and VR enhances this by making it more immersive. Consequently, people automatically associate VR with fun. The same people also associate classroom lectures, PowerPoint presentations, and worn-out videos, with boredom, anxiety, and pain. By incorporating VR into your training, you harness forces already at work in people's lives to move them from a "have to" mindset to a "want to" mentality.
Real-life situations can be simulated and experienced without real-life consequences. With VR, you can train and test for every foreseeable situation, without putting your people at actual risk.
Real-world conditions can be reliably repeated, and problem situations or what-if can be focused on so that each participant gets consistent training in areas that are important to your company, or specific areas that have been proven difficult to train through.
Overcoming Cultural Barriers by going straight to experience:
With VR you can immerse someone in an experience, even if there are cultural or language barriers. By safely allowing trial and error within the VR environment, you can identify and correct any specific issues regardless of language or culture.
VR is very powerful when we talk about developing emotional intelligence. It's about getting to the heart of what matters to people and leveraging their emotions to create long-lasting change and behavior modifications.
These are the types of things that are lacking right now in traditional methods, no matter how good the instructor is, how passionate they are about the subject matter, or how polished the PowerPoint presentation is.
Getting to the inner belief systems of people and seeing how they respond to situations and why they respond the way they do is what is so fascinating about VR technology and why it is truly a game-changer in the world of training.
During a global pandemic, there are some things you can't carry forward from the way we used to do things, and you have to take a look at new alternatives. This is especially true of training.
Now is a perfect opportunity to step into the world of VR. This doesn't mean that you have to eliminate all of your old training, but take a look at what parts of your training can benefit or become more effective by using something new, especially in the context of the circumstances that we're dealing with now with COVID-19. The time is now for making that first step.
VR is best experienced in an immersive environment, in a headset, in two- to five-minute learning objectives. So when we talk about VR training, we’re referring to creating just the right supplemental content to support your traditional training. There are only certain things that you’ll want to reproduce in VR. So that's where 360immersive can step in and do it very affordably, based on your budget and quality standards.
We’ve created a system that is not only low entry cost, but that is also customizable and scalable.
In addition to custom content, we also have off-the-shelf training that can be inserted into your current training program and is current with the new standards that are in place. VR training is hugely beneficial to organizations, especially when you consider not merely the hard skills, but also soft skills development such as diversity and conflict resolution.