A lot of traditional training methods utilize passive learning techniques like reading through handbooks, watching videos, or clicking through presentations. While this type of training may give employees basic vocabulary and knowledge, it doesn’t actually familiarize them with new skills. Furthermore, these mediums are very “passive” forms of learning. Versus “active” learning that can help simulate what the real-world job will actually be like for an employee.
Virtual Reality-based Immersive Learning, on the other hand, allows employees to practice and execute new skills in real-world situations. New hires can simply put on a VR headset and practice their new role over and over again, with immediate feedback on how they did and no negative consequences if they make a mistake.
For example, retail workers can practice de-escalating a difficult conversation with customers in a virtual replica of a store and see how their decisions and actions unfold from a first-person perspective. No matter the topic being presented to the employee, Immersive Learning affords the learner a “flight-simulator-like” experience. Such that they can engage in a more “active”, learning-by-doing experience.
Not only does Immersive Learning make the individual training experience more potent, but it also allows companies with employees spread across different cities or states to deliver the same training. Regardless of location.
Immersive Learning has also been shown to help save on training costs and time. Not only have studies shown that employees are more engaged and retain more information from Immersive Learning. But VR modules can also improve efficiency to such a degree that an hour of training can be cut down to just ten minutes.