Boost onboarding and safety training with Virtual Reality
Virtual Reality training is the way to go if you are looking for ways to increase the effectiveness of employee training while reducing costs and time spent.
Onboarding, safety training, and other forms of training are essential to most companies. But they are expensive and time consuming, and they often require travel, which is inconvenient at best, impossible at worst. So what do you do? The answer is short: VR.
We help companies build and implement remote learning solutions that free them from the need to bring together instructors and employees at a certain place at a certain time. Using VR, the employee only needs a pair of VR glasses, and he or she can train wherever and whenever it suits them.
Where can you use VR training?
We have helped customers reap the benefits of VR training in fields ranging from customer service to offshore safety. We would go so far as to argue that using VR can add value to training in any industry.
VR training is a great tool for what we call ‘just in time’ training. Requiring only a pair of VR glasses, a person about to perform a high-risk procedure can repeat their training on site to make sure they are prepared to perform the procedure safely.
Many manufacturing companies can benefit from ‘just in time’ training with VR:
“We often work with companies that need to keep their equipment running 24/7 as to not halt production. And with ‘just in time’ training, production workers can train for instance a maintenance procedure right there, which eliminates the need to wait for help and reduces down-time,” says Christian Schrøder, Strategic Advisor at Virsabi.
Placing the learning experience in the actual environment instead of just in a classroom holds another big advantage:
“There’s a major sustainability aspect to training in VR, as it decreases – and sometimes fully eliminates – the need for travel. With on-site training, companies don’t need to gather employees from remote locations in one place to have instructors train them,” says Christian Schrøder.
Optimizing the conditions for learning
Great VR training experiences are built in ways that optimize the conditions for learning. At Virsabi, we seek to incorporate different learning perspectives that take into account the many different ways different people learn.
That is why we almost always include aspects of both visual, verbal, auditive, physical, and tactile learning in VR training experiences. We do so by visually representing the training surroundings, using verbal instructions, simulating the auditive surroundings that perfectly match the visual ones, and incorporating movement.
An important factor in learning is retention of the learned. While learning is important, it is not enough. Storing the knowledge that you have learned in training for later use is just as important. VR has proven to be a useful tool for increasing learning retention.
Adding to or replacing traditional training
In many cases, VR does not replace the social aspect of learning, but works as a tool for a teacher or instructor. For instance, we built VR Safety, a VR training experience for maritime students to train safety procedures. VR Safety was built as an addition to class teaching where students train in the VR experience followed by class discussions and shared reflections.
In other cases, VR is a tool that can stand alone and does not require physical presence. For Maersk Training, we are building a different safety training experience for naval officers to do safety training without a teacher or instructor present. VR as a stand-alone tool replacing physical encounters is especially useful these days. The current limitations to travel and physical presence have pushed many companies to look for ways to either replace or supplement traditional training of their employees.