Published on October 7th, 2020 | by Emergent Enterprise0
How Virtual Reality Is Innovating Enterprise Training
The drumbeats are getting louder. VR is making moves into the enterprise training world. So says Lorne Fade in a guest post at Forbes.com that gives a high-level overview of VR’s growth in L&D. The global shutdown from the pandemic is actually making a stronger case for VR with the ability to collaborate with users being remote. That’s the positive side. The negative side is that companies are being very tight on budgets and new innovative devices are easy to postpone due to cautionary spending. It will be interesting to see where VR adoption rates go after the world emerges from the pandemic.
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When 2020 started, no one could predict the pandemic would envelop the world for months after. In fact, here we are nearing the end of the year, and Covid-19 is still very much around, wreaking havoc on world markets and healthcare systems. During this period, many businesses are being forced to pivot and change, from wearing masks to implementing mandatory work-from-home policies. To put it succinctly, it doesn’t show any signs of changing anytime soon. One area that many are looking at with enterprise training is how virtual reality (VR) is impacting businesses and making training safer and more immersive at the same time.
VR is nothing new and has been prevalent in our society for almost half a decade now. Still, only in the past few years, we have started to see businesses look to adopt the technology. With the current global pandemic, we have seen the old training methods go by the wayside as organizations shut down their classrooms and move to online and virtual methodologies. No longer is it possible to have a classroom full of trainees because social distancing measures have impacted businesses far and wide.
Working remotely is becoming the new norm, and with teams connecting on Zoom and similar platforms online, there has been a resurgence in online mediums. With my experience in the VR sector, I have seen many clients adopt immersive technology for developing full-scale training simulations that can be downloaded and digested from anywhere. This allows training to continue safely while adhering to the new normal of distancing rules mandated by many governments worldwide.
Businesses that are looking to adopt this technology for training should understand that it’s not necessarily looking to reinvent the wheel. Instead, it’s looking to replicate real-world scenarios for replayability in a safe and controlled virtual environment. This type of immersive training can relate to a wide variety of industries and niches but typically works best with jobs that are process-oriented and can be easily mapped out virtually. This allows trainees to have a first-person perspective of the job they will be conducting and challenges them to play through a full simulation that mimics the real world. From wearing protective equipment and PPE all the way to performing routine maintenance and repair, the possibilities for training types are endless.
In collaboration with Facebook Reality Labs and Oculus Quest, my company recently developed a case study for wind turbine technician training. The trainees go through a virtual simulation of the exact routine maintenance scenario they perform in the real world. Overall, the reception was positive, and all participants in the study said they were better suited for real-world applications after attending the VR training. Brands should be aware that with new technology, there is a slight learning curve in the beginning, so when developing their own simulations, they should have a gradual build-up to the desired learning outcome.