With the rise of new technologies, companies have realized that training and learning for employees throughout their working lives is strategic. Today, the teams in charge of “Learning” have access to many solutions to train employees better and faster. The latest solution is the use of Virtual Reality, more commonly known as Immersive Learning. The use of this technology makes it possible to combine theoretical content and practical exercises to create scenarios for learners.
In this article, we reveal the 4 signs that show that you need to integrate Immersive Learning into your training sessions.
1) Some of your employees and managers seem distant from the reality of the field
Life in a large group can quickly be occupied by many meetings and the preparation of projects. Caught in their day-to-day obligations and hampered by logistical constraints, managers often move away from the reality of the field after some time in the job. How long has it been since they interviewed a customer, visited a store, an R & D center? Virtual reality offers the opportunity to “teleport” leaders and put them in a situation to bring them closer to their core business.
2) Your newcomers take a lot of time before experiencing the important parts of your business
The commitment of a new employee is built on their ability to appropriate the values of a company by seeing them “embodied”. What’s better than visiting a factory, going to a sales appointment with a sales representative or analyzing the behavior of a consumer in a store to better absorb the company’s culture.
Many constraints can make this impossible: time, cost, geographical distance, calendar problems, etc.
Virtual Reality allows a new employee in Paris to visit your factory in Brazil, where your new customer manager can participate in a customer appointment and repeat the screenings to learn the sales pitch faster. The possibilities of using Immersive Learning in onboarding are numerous to fully integrate your newcomers. A special effort must be made at the time of onboarding. However, the more we wait to discover the company and its wealth, the slower commitment will be to establish.
3) Security rules are unknown and the number of incidents is not decreasing significantly
It is sometimes possible that, despite a training program, the safety rules are not respected. You will then notice repetitions of risky behaviors, a lack of knowledge of evacuation rules, especially when teams change regularly. All these factors can lead to more, often avoidable incidents. Immersive Learning is an innovative new interesting format, creating a strong motivation to learn and offering a real-life format. Employees are thus exposed to situations that they will be ready to face if those if they present themselves in “real life”.
4) Practical exercises during your trainings are difficult to set up
In some cases, learning by doing is complicated to put into place. It is not easy to move all employees, for example. But there is also the preparation for special events, such as managing disgruntled users during a strike. Some rail or air transport companies use actors to play the role of dissatisfied customers, which is difficult to manage. The logistic constraint is obvious, as is a possible lack of realism that can reduce the impact of training. Virtual Reality makes it possible to re-create a multitude of situations, in a very strong way, leaving no room for errors by the learners, with less logistical expenses.
If one of these situations suits you, think about discussing your issues with your training managers. For several years, Immersive Learning has demonstrated its effectiveness. Indeed, the combination of virtual reality and interactions provides a 100% attention rate. Gamification and practice, on average, encourage 5 times higher engagement than other formats. This methodology does not replace your usual sessions but enriches your training sessions with safe practice. Immersive Learning modules can be used during your face-to-face sessions, in a small group session, but also in the form of a self-service corner, or at home.
It’s your turn to enrich your training sessions with Immersive Learning!