The Future of Job Training: How VR is Transforming Learning and Development
Updated: Jul 25
In this digital era, where technology drives progress, Transforming Learning and Development emerges as a significant focus. Virtual Reality (VR) stands at the helm of this transformation, promising to usher in an era of unprecedented advancements in the Learning and Development sphere.
VR offers unique advantages that traditional job training methodologies can't compete with.
By immersing employees in a simulated environment, VR creates a risk-free space for learners to experiment, make mistakes, and, ultimately, learn. The immersive nature of VR enables employees to retain information better as they can visualize and interact with content in a realistic context.
These capabilities significantly reduce training time, increase retention, and improve performance. Let's delve into three key ways VR is transforming learning and development.
1. Reducing Training Time
Traditional job training can be laborious, often involving extensive theoretical sessions. Despite the time commitment, these conventional methods can still fail to impart practical knowledge effectively. VR is a potent solution to this problem by offering real-life scenario simulations.
Consider Boeing's use of VR in their training. VR has allowed their employees to get first-hand experience and understanding of their roles, reducing the time spent on each job by 30%.
By moving beyond theoretical training, Boeing has effectively demonstrated the ability of VR to fast-track skill acquisition, providing workers with a more hands-on, immersive approach. This has not only shortened the training period but also increased the overall efficiency of the workforce.
2. Increasing Knowledge Retention
VR stands to revolutionize how we retain information by transporting users into interactive 3D worlds, leading to heightened cognitive engagement. In contrast to traditional lecture style or reading methods, VR offers an immersive experience that encourages active participation.
Studies by the MASIE Center report that while retention rates for traditional lecture-style learning are 5% and reading rates at 10%, VR has a retention rate of 75%.
This sevenfold increase in retention rates can be attributed to VR's ability to actively engage the learner, providing them with an experiential learning environment where they interact and engage with the content, leading to a more profound understanding and recall.
3. Improving Performance
In job roles demanding precision and accuracy, VR has proven to be an invaluable tool. VR provides a virtual platform for rehearsing tasks, reducing errors, and improving overall performance.
Take Ford's example. Through VR training, Ford decreased injury rates among its "industrial athletes" by a whopping 70%. VR simulations allowed workers to practice risk-free, providing invaluable, realistic practice while reducing the risks associated with real-life mistakes.
This shows that VR isn't just about enhancing performance in complex roles, promoting safety, and reducing injuries in the workplace.
Transforming Learning and Development with Ignite Learning Technology
Ignite Learning Technology is at the forefront of this VR revolution in training and development. Recognizing the immense potential of VR and AR (Augmented Reality), collectively known as XR, Ignite specializes in helping enterprises harness these ground-breaking technologies.
Our team creates immersive VR and AR experiences to improve employee engagement, retention, and performance, offering tailored solutions for specific business needs. We aim to create a new workforce development vision, utilizing VR for competitive advantage.
The future of job training is here, and Ignite Learning Technology is ready to guide you through this exciting journey, taking your company's training to the next level.
Are you ready to ignite the future of learning in your organization? Contact us today.