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VR Training - All You Need To Know About Virtual Reality Training

If companies wish to remain globally competitive, they must keep up with the rapid pace of technological developments and ensure that their workforce is appropriately equipped and trained. VR Training is the key to modern and long-term training practices.

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For most people, effective learning means independent trial and error and repetition of tasks with regular and active feedback. However, many complex training scenarios and potentially dangerous or expensive training do not allow for large-scale development and training opportunities. VR solutions address this very issue, allowing for multiple and multi-site learning until the task is perfected - a key factor in learning success.

Additionally, the cost of using Virtual Reality has dropped dramatically in recent years, and immersive technologies are now used in many large DAX companies such as DEKRA and Lufthansa. The global VR business volume was estimated at $21.83 billion in 2021 alone and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 15 percent from 2022 to 2030 (Grand View Research). As we can see, VR Training experience has the potential to revolutionize the corporate world, and the need for specialized and multi-site training gained importance against the backdrop of the Covid pandemic.

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Up To Four Times Faster Learning Units


VR has the potential to increase the effectiveness of training and education compared to traditional approaches. For example, classroom training sessions last an average of two hours. VR Training reduces this learning content to around 30 minutes (PwC study).

What Is Virtual Reality Training?

The 70/20/10 learning model illustrates that people learn best through work-related experiences: 70 percent of learning is acquired via experience, while 20 percent is acquired from others and 10 percent is acquired through formal learning. Hands-on learning is therefore much better for learning new skills, memorizing knowledge, and changing behavior patterns.

Virtual Reality Training is a digital simulator of real-life exercise scenario-based training purposes. In doing so, trainees enter a dynamic 360-degree learning environment that breaks down the barriers between virtual and actual reality and pushes the boundaries of traditional learning. Using VR glasses and control devices, trainees can freely look, talk, move and interact with simulated tools, machines, and other trainees and trainers in a virtual 3D environment. In other words, a real situation is created without the trainees having to go into that environment.

In these VR Training environments, trainees learn in a hands-on way with curriculum and explanations developed by experts through personal experience, and can thus activate their working memory in the long term and significantly improve their work performance, teamwork, and safety in the workplace.

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VR Training Advantages

A major benefit of VR-based features is the ability to recreate work situations that would have been either too complex, too expensive, or too dangerous for a training exercise without Virtual Reality, such as emergency protocols, hazardous materials accidents, safety training, disaster response, and more. These costly and potentially dangerous learning environments can be executed much more practically, cost-effectively, and safely in an immersive learning simulator. Other VR benefits include the following.

Preventing Business Interruptions

When employees need to be pulled from production, for example, training can cause a disruption to normal business operations. VR Training gives companies the advantage of having access to high-quality materials anytime, anywhere, and allows for effective training while the business is running.

Cost Reduction

The long-term cost benefits of implementing VR Training are well worth it. There are minimal implementation costs following the investment and development of your course, eliminating the need for course repetition and potentially high trainer fees. At the same time, the reduced production downtime and increased productivity means better trained and more competent employees.

Cost Reduction

The long-term cost benefits of implementing VR Training are well worth it. There are minimal implementation costs following the investment and development of your course, eliminating the need for course repetition and potentially high trainer fees. At the same time, the reduced production downtime and increased productivity means better trained and more competent employees.

Improved Health And Safety

Employees can only work successfully if they feel confident and prepared, even in critical situations. VR Training allows for mental recapitulation in a safe and real-life environment, making it an ideal solution for such sensitive moments.

Less Time Spent On Training

The introduction of smart innovations such as VR applications requires consistent and efficient implementation. In this sense, VR Training significantly reduces the time spent on training activities without compromising effectiveness or employee engagement. They, therefore, function as an effective alternative to traditional training.

Capturing Key Training Data

A unique feature of VR Training is the collection of meaningful metrics that are not available in traditional classroom training. Metrics can include usage data, learning progress, completions and retakes, and performance indicators.

Cross-Site Learning

Virtual Training can be conducted anywhere in the real world because employees do not have to meet at the same time and in the same room but can take place at any location.

Sustainability

For companies that operate across multiple locations or even countries, as well as those with many field employees, the savings in travel time and additional downtime for training have a positive impact on a company's environmental footprint.

The Disadvantages Of Virtual Reality in Corporate Training

Naturally, we are excited by the many benefits of the VR world, but before embarking on any journey into the Virtual and Augmented Reality world, we also need to consider the drawbacks.

Higher Initial Cost

VR solutions may initially be associated with higher costs than other systems making scalability difficult.What's good news is that as Virtual and Augmented Reality become more popular, development costs and prices for headsets are dropping significantly.

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For example, with the same training on the PC. In recent years, the said effect has decreased more and more due to further developed hardware.

Need For Technical Updates

Regular updates to hardware, software, and accessories may be required. Here, it is important to work with an expert who not only provides advice but also offers the ideal technical solution – such as 3spin Learning.

 

With our VR software 3spin Learning, any course can be conducted on a PC using a mouse and keyboard instead of VR glasses.

Top Main Areas Of Application

Employees learn skills faster and with improved retention in a safe virtual environment, while increasing productivity and safety in the workplace. Therefore, VR Training is ideal for the following application areas:

VIRTUAL REALITY TRAINING IN OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH

VR safety training support the expansion of expertise in dealing with occupational health and safety. For years, DEKRA as one of the world's largest training providers has been working with 3spin Learning to offer VR Training in areas such as occupational safety, electrical accidents, and fire alarm systems. Employees are thus prepared in the best possible way at all times for the correct procedures and most significant sources of error.

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VIRTUAL REALITY TRAINING IN EDUCATION

Where young talent meets the wealth of experience of longstanding employees and the concentrated knowledge of theory and practice, immersive technologies can lead to amazing results. For example, the trainees at our customer Avacon were allowed to create various learning scenarios in VR with 3spin Learning and were able to practice the necessary hand movements completely safely.

 

Other Areas of Application For VR Training

 

Medical Field

Training potentially hazardous and high-risk work such as in the safety or medical fields.

Machine Maintenance

When learning new processes such as in malfunctioning VR simulations during machine maintenance.

Emergency Drills

Risk-free emergency drills such as emergency protocols, where simulated emergencies allow employees to safely learn how to act in a threatening situation.

Pilot Trainings

Normally expensive and time-consuming training courses such as pilot training courses.

Cross-location Training

Training can be shown across multiple locations such as laboratories, warehouses, offices, or production facilities.

Zero Error Tolerance

Training with high precision, high-impact, and zero error tolerance like medical procedures.

Virtual Tours

Virtual tours even before the first working days, in which the company and the locations can introduce themselves.

Safety Trainings

Soft skills training allows learners to have experiences and explore emotional responses in the virtual world.

Organizations Using 3spin Learning For Their VR Training

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"The digitalization of vocational training using VR and AR is truly revolutionary for learning practical skills."

– Daniel Plötz, Avacon / E.ON

Key Features of a Virtual Reality Training

Any VR learning platform should support your organization's training and education efforts with smart features and immersive digitization. Some of the most important features include:

LMS Integration

Any VR Training should be able to connect to a learning management system such as Workday, Cornerstone, Docebo, or SAP SuccessFactors.

User Permission

Users can take different roles such as admin, author, or learner and can be assigned individually.

Success Reports

After training ends, learners receive a success evaluation regarding the training objectives.

Spatial Placement

Map a complete virtual simulation-based VR experience onto a real environment and adjust and align the VR scene in size and direction to any real classroom.

Live Broadcast

Screencasts allow you to follow a learning scenario via notebook computer.

Asset & Training Export

Usable and reusable across multiple cloud instances.

Multi-user Training

Multiple people can participate in the same training via the Internet or together in a real classroom using their VR glasses.

Virtual Companion

An easily customizable virtual companion can support your learners. It leads participants spatially, procedurally, and narratively through the training.

How Much Does It Cost To Create VR Training?

Implementing cost-effective training programs is a major concern for any organization, whether it is an SME or a multinational corporation. Although VR Rraining offers long term cost benefits, it has traditionally required significant upfront investment.

Today, software solutions such as 3spin Learning make it possible to use VR Training at very low annual platform fees (starting at just €5,000 per year). Content can even be created in the process. The cost of content varies depending on the level of complexity required, e.g. the quality of 3D modeling.

3spin Learning and our partners offer both standard and customized options. Our team of experts will be happy to advise you on the cost of VR training: Find out more here.

How Does VR Training Software Work?

The following steps outline an example of the first attempt to use VR throughout your company:

Getting To Know Each Other

In order to clarify the many questions about hardware and software, we recommend a workshop in a small group for this first taster session, in which the participants can try out Virtual Reality as they wish.

Sample Training

For an initial test, a video or photo tour in 360° is particularly suitable, which can be easily viewed using common devices such as smartphones. For example, a tour can show a production facility from all angles, a video can accompany a colleague for a day.

Presentation In A VR Room

To introduce the VR technology to other interested parties in the company, it is a good idea to set up a temporary pop-up room where the use is explained, and employees can try out the specially created content.

Rollout

Based on the experience gained, the feedback, and the results of the evaluation, you now have an important basis for a detailed rollout plan and further budget decisions.

What Devices Do I Need?

Among the most important components of successful VR Training are a headset and two controllers.

The VR glasses and controllers allow learners to move around their virtual environment and interact realistically with objects and people.

Which VR Training Provider Is Right For Me?

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3spin Learning user interface as seen by learners using the example of DEKRA (training for tanker drivers)

The process of choosing a new technology can sometimes be overwhelming, so it's a good idea to know the benefits and features before making a final decision. When comparing different software providers, companies should ask themselves the following questions to determine how VR Training could help their training offering:

Does Your Organization Need To Scale Hands-on Training At A Low Cost?

VR scalability comes from both software as a learning platform and hardware in the shape of its headsets. If a company needs a lot of training and relies on software that doesn't allow for in-house creation of learning content, costs can quickly skyrocket. A learning platform with an authoring tool provides intuitive access and lower costs.

Do You Want To Create The VR Environments Yourself Or Have Them Programmed By Service Providers?

A simple no-code solution allows easy creation of VR Training without special programming skills. As a result, employees can actively design the pieces of training themselves and save costs. 

Is There Already E-learning That Can Be Incorporated Into The VR Software?

Existing learning content should be able to be uploaded and incorporated into the software to save work.

Does The VR Training software Work With All Major VR Glasses?

To avoid complications and expensive mistakes, VR glasses should be checked for compatibility with the corresponding learning platform in advance. If the learning platform is not congruent, there is often a rude awakening when (re)buying hardware.

How 3spin Learning Can Support Your Organization

Thanks to our one-of-a-kind learning platform 3spin Learning, companies no longer need any programming skills to create corresponding Virtual Realities. Organizations can work directly with the authoring tool and benefit from full flexibility. Our learning platform is available in all popular stores and devices and is also provided in Oculus Business.

This makes it easier than ever for companies to create successful VR Training Courses that are not only more attractive but also much more powerful compared to traditional training methods. Feel free to contact our team of experts or our certified partners to have training content created in VR in a cost-effective way.

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FAQs

Would I Need VR Glasses For VR Training?

No, in the so-called Learn on Desktop mode, we provide our customers with access to the full range of app features on their PC. This means you can run training sessions as a learner alone or together on your network. If you have an authoring account, you can also edit your trainings on your PC.

How Do I Scale VR Training In Our Organization?

To ensure that small changes do not require new programming costs, an authoring tool allows changes to be made quickly and downloaded via cloud distribution. Contact us for more questions.

Who Creates My VR Training?

As a training management, distribution and authoring system, you can create your VR Training yourself or 3spin Learning or your e-learning agency can deploy your trainings.

Can 3spin Learning Be Integrated With My Existing Learning Management System?

Yes, user and training data can be synchronized with your learning management system such as Workday, Cornerstone, Docebo, etc.

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