Why you should think about using VR for your next eLearning course

Virtual Reality (VR) is a concept that is not new in the world of eLearning and is something that can provide you and your learners a wide variety of benefits in terms of interactivity, engagement and knowledge retention.


Below are some of the benefits that you could be taking advantage of by including VR as part of your learning strategy.


1. Simulate real life tasks


One of the biggest benefits of using VR to create your next eLearning course is that it provides a level of immersion and depth that is hard to achieve with traditional eLearning. With traditional eLearning courses you can explain how to perform tasks using media such as audio, text, images, videos, interactions etc. However, with a VR course you could capture 360 video footage of someone demonstrating how to perform a task and then ask the learner to put into action what they have just learned. This type of learning is far more immersive as learners can see in front of them how a task would be performed similar to how it would be demonstrated in real life.


2. Allows for a mistakes


Another benefit of using VR is that you can create an environment that allows learners to practice tasks and make mistakes without a cost to your business. For example, if you are teaching learners about customer service you could have scenarios that the learner is likely to experience play out in the VR course and then get the learners to make choices based on the situation. If they make the wrong choices they are able to see the consequences of their actions without offending real customers. This way if they encounter the same situation in real life, they will be better equipped with how to handle it.


3. Increases the access to training


When running training course in real life, whether it be in the classroom or on a work site there are a number of things involved, you need a physical location to run the training, you need an instructor to facilitate the training and learners need to travel to the training location. Using VR however you can overcome some of these obstacles by creating a VR recording of the training that learners can access at any time. For example, if you want to teach learners about health and safety while on a construction site you can create a VR course that walks learners through a construction site and explains all of the health and safety hazards they might encounter, and when learners visit a construction site in real life they would have a better understanding of what to look out for as a result of the VR training.


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