VR and AR to provide better training in less time
CORPORATE training delivered via instructional videos in a classroom setting is now considered old-fashioned.
Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are revolutionizing how we can learn real-life skills better in the virtual world. It’s an avenue that corporations are exploring as it could infinitely impact employee training and subsequently, business efficiency at large.
While standard videos are able to illustrate how something is done, video simulations delivered via AR and VR are much more immersive.
The concept of AR and VR in training may seem like it’s a mere change in the landscape. However, the format is actually a breakthrough from an IT standpoint.
AR and VR will give corporations the ability to train employees better in a shorter timeframe.
When learning through simulation, the experience will embed a higher retention rate than standard training.
Active learning (learning by doing as in the case of AR and VR) has an 80 percent retention rate three months after the training. On the other hand, passive learning (typical in a classroom setting) has only a 30 percent retention rate.
Companies such as Honeywell, Walmart, UPS, KFC, and others are currently upgrading their training tools using AR and VR.
For companies that want to follow their lead, here’s a three-step process to help get started:
#1 | Make sure resources are ready
Employees should be proactively highlighting the exact processes VR and AR training can improve and how the technological investment would pay off.
#2 | Get everyone involved
HR needs to work hand-in-hand with IT in order to transition to AR and VR training. This is key to remember. Further, if other teams can make a contribution to how training should be designed and delivered, make sure to get them involved as well.
#3 | Make it part of the bigger dream
AR and VR training is an important part of the digital transformation journey for a company — and it must be treated as such. Putting it on the board’s agenda will ensure it gets the support it needs in order to succeed.