CPD for Virtual Reality (VR) Training

CPD for Virtual Reality (VR) Training

08 Mar 2022

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Virtual reality is taking charge in recent years. Although introduced in the 50’s, it is now transforming modern technology at a rapid rate. In this article we will be taking an informal look at what virtual reality is, how companies are using virtual reality in the workplace and how can virtual reality improve training for delegates.

What is virtual reality (VR)?

Virtual reality (VR) is the use of computer technology that allows a person to interact with a three-dimensional (3D) visual. Unlike conventional ways of training such as viewing a computer screen or reading educational books, virtual reality places the user inside an experience which allows them to interact with the 3D world. This is achieved is by using a VR headset and controller and it has the capability to simulate a user’s senses such as vision, hearing, touch and even smell.

What is the difference between Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality?

Virtual reality and augmented reality are both similar in the sense they both alter the appearance in the way things are perceived, however they do have differences. Augmented reality simulates artificial objects in the real environment, however virtual reality places users in an artificial environment. Below are a few differences between them:

Virtual Reality

  • You will need a headset and controllers
  • Endless possibilities on the content you can access
  • Feels like you are there physically rather than just wearing a headset 

Augmented Reality

  • Takes reality and adds something to it such as an effect on social media
Workplace VR Training

How are companies using virtual reality in the workplace?

As its popularity grows, virtual reality is being phased into the work environment. A lot of companies can benefit from using virtual reality not only to train their employees, but even sometimes with clients. This is a great way to train delegates as they will have the chance to make risk-free mistakes without the repercussions.

Here are some examples where VR can be used in a workplace:

Architects

Typically, architects plan and design the construction and developments of buildings also keeping in mind the functionality of the area they are designing. Using VR is a great way to bring the design to life and it gives the opportunity to clients to get a better sense of how the design may look in reality. 

Doctors

Virtual reality in the medical field is already taking off. Since the first VR surgery in 2016, the technology has developed so much so that aspiring surgeons even have the ability to train and practice operations in a safe, controlled environment.

Shoe designers

Some companies use VR technology to help make a positive impact in the world. For instance, a popular shoe brand called TOMS, who have given more than 60 million shoes to children in need, has created a ‘walk in their shoes’ campaign with AT&T that allows customers to view a 360 degree virtual reality (VR) experience on computers and phones to get the full feel of the journey and the chance to see the child who has benefited from being provided with a new pair of shoes.

Event coordinators

Similar to how architects can view their designs, event coordinators can get a realistic idea on how a particular event may look in real life. As VR gives a 3D, 360 degree view, it makes event planning easier than it has ever been.

Car dealerships

Some car dealerships have taken a modern approach on how customers are able to purchase their vehicles. Users are able to browse the different car options that are available, view the interior design (including the glove compartment) and even hear how the engine will sound when the car is taken for a virtual test drive. 

What are the pros and cons of Virtual Reality?

Pros and cons of Virtual Reality

As virtual reality is growing at a rapid rate many companies are starting to use VR to achieve higher levels of user engagement across various industry sectors. There are a number of pros and cons of virtual reality, which have been outlined below.

Pros of virtual reality

  • Can be used in a variety of different sectors
  • Has the potential to be a useful training tool in the workplace
  • Virtual Reality can offer high levels of detail and has the ability to connect people
  • VR could help people take part in meetings in a virtual environment, saving significant time, reducing costs, protecting the environment and in doing so could become an important sustainable communications tool

Cons of virtual reality

  • There is some thought that users could become addicted to the virtual world
  • Virtual reality technology is still experimental at the moment and being developed 
  • There may be health effects that need to be researched and considered
  • Training in a VR environment is not completely real and could miss the physical interaction for a full learning experience
  • As Virtual Reality is a new technology that has been recently introduced, it could still be relatively expensive
  • As with all technologies there are technical issues that can come in the way

How can virtual reality improve training for delegates?

Virtual reality can be used to train new employees and also existing employees. Due to the endless possibilities with VR, professionals will always have the chance to retrain and ensure they have the necessary skills to thrive at work.

As certain industries have risky tasks to train their employees with, the use of VR may be able to help massively as there is a very minimal risk of injury whilst using it. Another way training can be improved is VR has the capability to connect people from around the world, including more remote areas. As some workplaces become more global, virtual reality can help employees interact regardless of where they are working in the world.

Virtual reality can help improve training for delegates by the fact the facilitator does not need to hire a training room. Similar to existing online and eLearning, virtual reality training has the benefit of being more flexible to suit the work and life patterns of training delegates.

Benefits of Virtual Reality training

What jobs use virtual reality training?

There are a number of professions and jobs that are starting to make the most of virtual reality training in the workplace to help introduce the necessary skills for real-life situations.

  • Police and first responders - Due to the nature of their jobs, police and first responders do not have much room for error meaning it is crucial to know how to deal with certain situations. By using virtual reality training, money is not only being saved as training in this industry can be costly, but the information that is learnt on VR training can be gone back to over and over.
  • Surgeons & Healthcare - As virtual reality training becomes more readily available, there will be an increasing requirement for surgical and other medical training to benefit from this technology by providing practical training that may not be able to obtain otherwise.
  • Piloting & Parachuting - Military facilities are also actively using VR training as they are able to simulate certain things, such as a 4000ft sky dive. Not only will it feel as if you have jumped out of an aircraft, but the weather condition is also able to be altered which gives a chance for military personnel to experience what different conditions can be like.
  • Teaching & Learning - Virtual reality training gives teachers the chance to improve engagement and it also can potentially inspire creative learning. As the possibilities of VR training are endless, students are able to learn in a way like never before.
  • Formula 1 and Motor racing - Perhaps one of the leading sports industries to make the most of virtual reality training is motor racing. Technology plays a key role in providing the critical edge in a closely competitive sport, and virtual reality training is able to help immerse the drivers into different car, weather and track situations to help improve reactions and their abilities to outperform other drivers. 

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