Training in Virtual Reality
The advancement of Virtual Reality hardware and software has led to new uses of the technology which were not possible a few short years ago. We’ve witnessed the rise of virtual reality gaming and simulations in popular culture and through media coverage, but a topic that is often overlooked and deserves more attention from the media and market is training and coaching in Virtual Reality.
Training in Virtual Reality allows the use of a 3D environment with accurate representation of the real world in scale and interactivity, were users perform tasks or challenges repeatedly until they can perform a certain task in the real world with ease. VR is a technology that is highly efficient for training and coaching as an effective training simulation will allow users to understand a task in the virtual world while being assisted by the program. The technology also allows for tracking progress in the training and assessing the level of understanding of the task at hand and ranking users according to their performance in the simulation.
The availability of this training method through VR will save companies and institutions that utilize it time and money as they don’t have to allocate as much resources to training new staff. The number of trainers can be decreased as they are able to coach new trainees in Virtual Reality and track their performance only intervening when the trainee needs additional assistance.
Trainees will also not feel the stress and pressure of a traditional training program as gamification of the tasks is built into any good VR training simulation. Trainees are rewarded in simulation for performing well on tasks with virtual medals or performance scores, and will feel happy to perform these tasks reflecting on how they will feel and achieve when performing the same tasks in the real world. In addition, when a training simulation is designed for multiple users they are able to see their performance relative to others allowing them to compare strategies that are most effective and learning from each other upon review of the task they just performed in VR.
VR training also allows for cooperative team training, where multiple trainees cooperate to perform one task together individually doing their part, coordinating with each other in real-time in the simulation to achieve their goal of completing said task. Traditional cooperative training of large teams has been always difficult, and expensive for organizations and companies due to having to have a large number of trainers and a difficulty in tracking individual performance. Virtual Reality training solves that as performance is tracked in real time for each individual and the team effort is also scored.
VR training is a viable option for many industries, from retail, real estate and law enforcement to manufacturing, oil and gas and.
In industries like retail and real estate, the technology is used to coach trainees on how to greet people effectively, and how to be able to sell products and services. Simulations are setup were the focus is on customer service and the training programs allow trainees to repeat scripts of customer service and showcasing products to virtual customers until they understand the best approach to get the product or service sold.
While in industries that are more technical or labor intensive, like manufacturing and oil and gas knowing how technically handle an arising issue effectively and in short time is critical to having the best performance in the field. VR training simulations in this case allow the trainees to repeat technical tasks as they would in real life so that they are comfortable in facing any issues in real life. This repetition, gamification and scoring in VR leads to highly effective, will trained workers and employees that will always know what to do and how to perform in any scenario.
VR training technology can also be used for law enforcement officers, were critical scenarios are simulated and the training officers face these scenarios repeatedly until they achieve a desirable outcome. For example, The Dubai Police Force has used VR technology in simulating the response to car accidents, emergency interventions, and hostage takeovers. Having being prepared in VR, the officers are more comfortable in dealing with scenarios that take them out of their routine duties and will deal with the issue effectively without the need to scrambling.
In the U.A.E. other governmental and non-governmental organizations have also employed this technology to be more efficient and save time and money.
As the technology advances with better hardware and software, we are seeing new ways of using VR training. The controllers released in late 2019 and the emergence of hand tracking technology, as well as higher resolution headset allow for more life-like simulations with tactical feel and enhanced visuals. This will allow the technology to expand to more robust tasks that require a high level of attention to detail to be performed such as manufacturing of watches, computer equipment, to music composition and acting.
VR training can also be utilized in sports training. We see this technology being utilized in sports such as golf, bowling and basketball. Where a certain shot can be repeatedly practiced in VR without the need to be at the field or court. Athletes from the comfort of their home, or while on vacation or their off season can stay engaged by utilizing VR to keep their mind trained for the sports they play.
VR training also lends itself to language training and education. The best way to learn a language is to be immersed in the culture of this language and though this in the past has meant that the person learning this language had to be in a country where this language is spoken, interacting with people day-to-day. With VR language training coupled with voice recognition technology allow the person learning the language to learn through scenarios that are in a fun and engaging were they have to speak out words in the new language to progress through the training sim. This fun factor along with the immersions of the simulation has made learning a new language easier than ever before.
Whether you are looking to use Virtual Reality training to learn a new language or train your employees GameIN can help. Don’t hesitate, and contact a GameIN representative to see how we can cooperate to get you results.