360 VR Workplace Training: The Ultimate Tool For Enhanced Learning

Virtual reality (VR) is no longer just for gaming and entertainment. In recent years, it has been adopted by various industries to enhance employee training and learning experiences. The benefits of VR in training are numerous, especially in the workplace; compared to lectures (5%), reading (10%), and audio-visual learning (20%), 360 VR training has a retention rate of 75% (Finances Online).

Here at Sliced Bread Animation, we specialise in creating bespoke VR training experiences for our clients. Our 360 VR training programs offer immersive scenarios and simulations, allowing your employees to practise and develop their skills in a safe and controlled environment. From surgeons to construction workers; our software can simulate a wide range of situations, providing learners with a unique and engaging learning experience.

In this article, we’ll explore the business benefits of 360 VR training, providing advice on creating VR training programs and highlighting the potential of this technology to revolutionise workplace learning.

So, buckle up – a new world of interactive virtual reality training and development is here.

Creating Immersive 360 VR Training Experiences

Cutting-edge VR technology offers the ultimate tool for enhanced learning, allowing employees to immerse themselves in scenarios that replicate real-life situations. With 360 VR training, your employees can develop skills in a safe and controlled environment, whether it’s operating equipment and machinery, performing surgical procedures, or practising safety procedures in hazardous situations. The immersive nature of VR training provides learners with an unparalleled experience that enhances their knowledge and retention of critical information.

Creating a VR training course may seem daunting, but our team at Sliced Bread Animation has the expertise and technology to bring your vision to life. Our software and machine learning capabilities allow us to design scenarios and simulations that are tailored to your business needs, ensuring that your employees receive the best possible training experience, whether it’s for an online course, a classroom course, or is being undertaken on a computer or mobile device. Video training using VR is incredibly flexible and engaging by nature, making it applicable to almost every industry.

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The Business Impact of VR: Benefits of Virtual Reality Training

VR training is an incredibly powerful tool that can revolutionise the way businesses train their employees. By providing an immersive, safe, and controlled environment for learners to practise and develop their skills, the benefits of VR training are manifold. Improved employee knowledge retention, enhanced productivity, and reduced workplace accidents are just a few examples of advantages reaped by investing in developing a virtual reality interactive experience training course. Additionally, VR training provides a way to train large groups of people quickly and cost-effectively.

Efficient training and improved information retention

Traditional training methods can be time-consuming, costly, and often ineffective. In contrast, VR training offers an immersive learning experience that replicates real-world scenarios, allowing employees to practise and develop their skills in a safe, controlled environment.

VR training allows employees to learn by doing, rather than simply reading or listening to material. This blended training approach has been shown to improve knowledge retention compared to traditional passive learning methods, such as 2d online courses or un-interactive video courses. In a VR environment, learners are fully engaged and able to practise skills repeatedly until they are confident in their abilities. As a result, businesses can expect to see an improvement in employee knowledge retention, leading to a more skilled and capable workforce.

Customised training and improved productivity

Moreover, VR technology enables businesses to create highly customised training content. With VR, you can create simulated scenarios that replicate real-world situations, providing learners with an experience that closely mirrors the challenges they may encounter in their job. A secondary benefit of customisation is that VR training can enhance productivity by reducing the time it takes for employees to learn new skills.

Traditional training methods can be time-consuming, often requiring travel, and are subject to scheduling constraints. However, VR training can be accessed from anywhere at any time, providing flexibility and convenience for both learners and trainers.

Reduce real-time risks

Finally, VR training can significantly reduce workplace accidents. VR simulations can be designed to replicate hazardous scenarios, providing learners with a safe environment to learn and practice safety procedures. For example, construction workers can practise working at height or handling heavy machinery in a simulated environment, reducing the risk of accidents on the job. Similarly, emergency services personnel can practise dealing with dangerous situations, such as fires or first aid emergency responses, in a safe environment, reducing the risk of injuries or fatalities.

A girl interactive with a globe in augmented reality

What Can a VR Training Program Look Like?

The format of a VR training program vastly depends on the industry, number of people enrolled, and the type of training that is being undertaken.

Immersive scenarios

With VR, you can create realistic scenarios that your employees might encounter in their job. For example, we’ve developed immersive training experiences for machinery training for manufacturing businesses and surgical training for medical professionals. These simulations allow learners to practise their skills in a safe and controlled environment, without any risk to themselves or others. This format takes advantage of the fully immersive nature of VR, allowing trainees to take a step-by-step approach to learning with the capacity to see realistic consequences of specific actions, but without the real-time risk.

Computer skills training

Many jobs require employees to have a certain level of proficiency with computer software. VR can be used to provide hands-on training for computer programs of all complexities. With VR, learners can interact with the software in a virtual environment, making mistakes and learning from them without any negative consequences on real-time output or productivity.

Safety training

In some industries, safety is of utmost importance. VR can be used to simulate hazardous situations, allowing employees to learn and practice safety procedures in a safe environment. This type of training can be particularly useful for jobs in construction, manufacturing or transportation. Like an immersive scenario, safety training allows learners to see the implications of certain actions or lack thereof, without the real-life risk.

Soft skills training

VR can also be used to develop employees’ interpersonal skills. For example, we’ve created VR training programs that simulate customer service scenarios, allowing employees to practise their communication and problem-solving skills in a realistic and consequential way.

Creating 360 VR Training: Step-by-Step

At Sliced Bread Animation, we specialise in creating bespoke VR training experiences for our clients. Our cutting-edge technology, combined with our expertise in human-computer interaction and machine learning, allows us to design simulations that are tailored to your business needs – in whatever form that might be. Below, we’ve outlined a brief overview of how we work with businesses to develop VR training simulations.

Step 1: Identify the skills you want to develop

Before we start designing your VR training program, it’s important for you to identify the skills you want your employees to develop. This will help to create scenarios that are relevant and engaging for your learners.

Step 2: Design your scenarios

Once you know the skills you want to develop, it’s time to design the scenarios. This is where the magic of VR comes in. We can create lifelike simulations of real-world situations that allow your learners to practise their skills in a safe and controlled environment, based on real-life scenarios.

Step 3: Choose the right software

There are many different software options available for creating VR training programs. At Sliced Bread Animation, we use the latest computer graphics and VR software to create immersive experiences that engage learners and promote knowledge retention.

Step 4: Develop your content

With the scenarios and software in place, it’s time to start developing the content. This could include video, text and interactive elements that help to guide your learners through the training program.

Step 5: Test and refine

Once your VR training program is complete, it’s important to test and refine it to ensure that it meets your learners’ needs. This could involve gathering feedback from your employees, analysing data from the program, and making adjustments based on what you learn.

Experience the Power of Virtual Reality

VR is changing the way businesses operate. From streamlining training to cutting overheads as productivity and output increases, VR is the future of efficiency.

At Sliced Bread Animation, we work closely with our customers to develop bespoke VR content that reflects their specific training requirements. Our team of experts in computer graphics, human-computer interaction and VR design will guide you through every step of the development process, ensuring that your VR training program is optimised for maximum efficacy and easy integration.

If you’re ready to learn more about how VR can enhance learning programs within your business, contact us.

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