Is VR the end of traditional online learning? In short, yes.
See how helpful VR truly is for online learning;
- 26% of businesses are using VR/AR to train employees
- 70% of professionals believe that organisations will focus on adopting VR/AR in training and development in 2021
- VR training has a retention rate of 75%, beating out lectures (5%), reading (10%), and audio-visual learning (20%)
- 39% of big organisations leverage VR/AR technology to facilitate training in simulated environments
- Leading the way in implementation is DHL Express, which collaborated with Immerse to build a VR training platform to boost efficiency in Unit Load Device (ULD) stacking and safety. Interestingly, 90% of all participants lauded the platform for helping them improve efficiency and work better.
- Intel also recognises the potential of VR for enterprises. In one of its projects dubbed “Corporate Training with Virtual Reality,” the tech giant found that 94% of trainees asked for more VR-based courses to be availed. Besides, the company projected that the 5-year ROI of a single VR-based course could reach 300%.
University, schooling and most educational institutions have been online for the last year because of the pandemic. This has become our new normal, not for just when the pandemic ends, but for our entire educational system. While online classes and training has its perks, like erasing travel time and accumulating less costs, the training/education itself becomes tedious. As a university student myself, I completely understand the frustration of a student who has been forced to sit through hours and hours of online boring lectures. It’s a necessary evil, so to speak. So what could make these necessary sessions a bit more engaging, interactive, impactful and just plain old fun? VR of course.
Typical online learning should be replaced by VR technology for a plethora of reasons.
- VR makes online training infinitely better because of its immersive nature, as it replicates real life scenarios and environments, ensuring that learners have a better practical understanding of their content.
- VR is perfect for learners because the technology is able to replicate “dangerous work environments makes VR training an attractive proposition, as it provides a safe space to learn high risk skills. From the defence and aerospace, to the oil & gas sectors, VR has been used to simulate potentially fatal scenarios without compromising safety,” as stated by FutureVisual.
- Imagine being able to, instead of just being told the information, how to examine a crime scene without actually leaving your home? With 360 degree videos and curated scenarios, students can analyse the crime scene and hence become better when they have to enter the field. This is just one example of how VR and/or 360 degree videos has helped further learning and creating a richer experience.
- Combat high dropout rates because while online learning/training is a good way to understand content, it can be quite boring at times because of its one-sided nature. VR and 360 degree videos provide students with the chance to enquire about issues in an organic manner as well as feel more directly involved with the content.
VR was once thought to be a device of the future, but it can be accessed and utilised to its full potential today. With our team’s ability to personalise content and create amazing experiences, see how YesVR can help your company. Click here to contact us today!
Written by Belinda Saha
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