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Virtual Reality for Digital Learning

Virtual Reality or VR is the use of computer technology to generate an immersive and interactive environment for the user. By using a VR headset that users are placed in a simulated environment that they can then interact with and have experiences which mimic real life.

VR is a technology that has continued to grow in popularity while at the same time becoming more affordable, but how can this be used to improve your digital training and deliver a better learning experience?

Below are 3 ways you can use Virtual Reality to improve your digital learning:

1. Simulated Walk-throughs

eLearning can be used to create a simulated walk-through of a set of tasks that an employee will have to do. This is done by capturing images/video footage of a system then layering on top elements of interactivity. This can be one way to create a walk-through but still has to be taken via a computer. Another way to create simulated walk-throughs is to use VR, by using VR learners can be completely immersed in the task they need to perform, you are able to recreate steps in a simulate environment and add additional details that are not possible using traditional eLearning tools.

2. Emergency Situations

Emergency situations is another way VR can be used to created realistic digital training. By using VR it is possible to place learners in a disaster situation and see how they react, by adding sound effects and the ability for learners to make choices it adds an additional layer of pressure and allows organisations to see how people will react in this type of situation. This is time pressure and sense of urgency is something that is not easy to replicate when creating traditional eLearning.

Click here to check out Pathways Virtual Reality medical emergency simulation.

3. Virtual Workplace Tours

Hiring new employees can be a costly and time-consuming process. One of the key things that needs to be done when hiring a new employee is a workplace tour, this might be an office tour, a factory tour or a demonstration on how to use tools. Often this would require an experienced employee to show a new member of staff everything they need to know. By using VR it is possible to create this tour in a simulated environment. Once created, any new members of staff would be able to take this tour in an almost realistic setting, by doing this it can reduce the amount of time your on-boarding process takes and free up time of your experienced employees.

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