Virtual reality offers the potential for an extremely engaging and immersive experience that could present real opportunities for training, learning, and development.
Over the past decade, many learning trends have emerged that continue to impact the market for professional development and lifelong learning. Training Advances in learning technologies and methodologies provide new opportunities for L&D training methods to design and deliver meaningful learning experiences that align with business objectives and purposes. As companies evolve to become digital businesses, they expect their learning organizations to also keep up on the digital front.
It’s very likely that training using virtual reality play a big role in training these employees by introducing them to difficult concepts that are more easily explained through immersive and engaging experiences. But just how much of a role will training using Virtual Reality play in defining the role in the future of training?
Top trends for Training using Virtual Reality in 2019 have that have already begun to emerge in the VR market.
You may already be aware of one. Walmart has completely embraced training using virtual reality for its associates. They plan to use this training method to develop empathic customer service and meet compliance standards.
Walmart isn’t alone in the quest to develop better employee experiences through training using virtual reality. Other industries like engineering, manufacturing, health services, and architecture/real estate, the BFSI sector, the armed forces, (and the list goes on and on) are doing the same. Marketing, tourism, and education also rely on virtual reality for learning and training purposes.
As a result, it is predicted to see an increase in more applications for training using virtual reality in 2019. Analysts predict that with nearly $18 billion spent on virtual reality in 2018, that number will increase exponentially this year.
Relevant studies and research work carried around on virtual reality training and its application using it’s immersion capabilities were found to be as follows:
Studies into the effectiveness or “Learning Affordance” of Virtual Reality have been conducted since 1998. The Educational Value of an Information-Rich Virtual Environment (Bowman et al 1998), from the 3D interaction Group at Virginia Tech, stated the following criteria:
“Learning in the environment where it will be applied greatly increases retention rates and engagement.”
In 2004, Clark Aldrich published Six Criteria of an Educational Simulation.
“Whilst we acknowledge that a simulation is only a representation of real-life, there are features that can enhance the real-life experience.
For example, a simulation can provide authentic and relevant scenarios, make use of pressure situation that taps users’ emotions and forces them to act, they provide a sense of unrestricted options and they can be replayed.” – Aldrich (2004).
So, what are the top training trends using virtual reality for the year 2019?
- Marketing & consumerism
One of the top virtual reality trends in 2019 for businesses will be to provide hands-on interactive experience through simulation.
The benefits are generally two-fold. Companies can give consumers the virtual experience of actually touring facilities or directly interacting with products. Tours also build brand loyalty, and this high level of interaction sells merchandise, services & products.
- Education and employee training
Expect to see an uptick in the rise of training using virtual reality in both education and employee onboarding as well. Military training, surgical simulations, and scenarios, and pilots training already rely on training using virtual reality for their learning & training experiences.
Don’t expect the virtual reality trend to only stop there. Interactive training games a coupled with a VR interface is the perfect solution for these training needs.
The most likely early virtual reality adopters will be from Human Resources departments. Companies have invested an additional 10% in employee training will see almost 9% growth in productivity. On the other hand, a 10% increase in equipment results in 3.4% a productivity growth. The corporate e-learning techniques are the reason for increased retention levels for all training content.
- Travel & tourism
If you plan to travel, you should begin by using virtual reality.
Immersive video allows virtual travelers the luxury of experiencing destinations before they even begin packing their suitcases. Virtual reality lets you try it before you actually buy it.
What’s driving the top virtual reality trends in 2019?
Now, more than ever, consumers want experiences. Virtual simulations enhance work and leisure activities by providing the experiences in a safe environment with little investment yet being extremely engaging and interactive. As a result, training using virtual reality will play an enormous role in future learning and development.
- The fusion between lower hardware prices and much more improved digital video technology many businesses are advancing to adopting virtual reality.
- Investors like Facebook, have found virtual reality attractive. Their willingness to research and develop virtual reality expands possibilities for all designers, businesses, and adopters.
- Businesses can track employee learning experiences. As a result, they can intervene and assist employee performance more quickly.
Although virtual reality has been emerging for 10 years as the new fad, it has now arrived as a mature and stable technology with defined and researched affordances while retaining the ability to dazzle learners. Now is the chance for L&D to introduce that WOW factor into corporate e-learning and training.
Look for virtual reality to become a part of your work life and leisure worlds, too!