1. EDI (Equality, Diversity, And Inclusion) Training
Many companies have introduced equality, diversity, and inclusion training programs in their workplace over the past few years. This training program is on the upsurge because having an encouraging workplace can keep employees motivated and happy while it prevents legal or serious issues, such as discrimination, harassment, and bullying.
That being said, it is impossible for someone to teach how devastating it is to experience discrimination in the workplace. But research has shown with Simulation-based learning in VR, employees can walk an extra mile in someone’s shoes, experiencing inappropriate behavior, so they can better recognize bias and stand up in real life.
VR training can replicate these situations and allow you to rehearse difficult conversations (like breaking bad news, performance reviews, or confronting racism/sexism in the workplace) by experiencing the situation from multiple perspectives.
Whether it’s racial bias, gender diversity, or disability inclusion, everything can be replicated into a simulated world, where you can learn how to respond when confronted with discrimination.
2. De-Escalation Training
De-escalation training helps emergency responders create space, slow down, and use communication to control potentially dangerous situations. In this training, responders are taught how to calmly deal with people who experience emotional and mental health crises.
Learning to deal with life-threatening and hostile working environments makes practical training far too risky. This job requires you to be fully prepaid, as failure could lead to devastating consequences. That’s when VR training can be proven to be more helpful, as it replicates dangerous scenarios in a realistic and safe environment. And allows users to practice risky and highly skilled tasks.
VR learners can efficiently and effectively improve cognitive skills by training in different environments and learning from their mistakes. That way, police and law enforcement officers can improve their response time through de-escalation training in the VR world without risking themselves or the public lives. VR also improves the confidence and ability of learners to apply that knowledge in on-the-job situations.
3. Forensic Investigation
Investigating a crime scene is an important part of forensic science education, but offering personal investigations for higher education is often impossible, both in cost and accessibility. Fortunately, virtual reality (VR) is a constantly evolving technology that offers simulated scenarios designed for learning and teaching.
Besides imparting practical skills, VR-based training can add value to forensic science courses, as learners are able to work in isolation and experience different situations.
The human mind tends to get distracted often due to multi-tasking. But, when using VR headsets, learners are immersed in the simulated environment where they can experience hands-on, practical knowledge that they can apply in real-life scenarios. This means there will be no distractions or ways to get interrupted while learning. According to the recent PwC report, VR-trained people are 4 times more focused than those trained through conventional methods.
In today’s highly digitized society, it’s funny how disconnected people still feel, even when they are connected all the time. That’s why most brands invest their time building communities for their fans, customers, and employees. A community provides people with a sense of belonging and a network to connect with like-minded people.
Likewise, brand community managers are the voice, tone, and human elements that transform your everyday brand into a human brand that cares more about its community. Often, as a community manager, you do not have much interaction with your colleagues and other team members. And with minimal face-to-face interactions, it’s hard to build trust among your customers.
Brands are adopting VR technology to interact with their audience and build their community in the digital space to mitigate this issue. That being said, people are emotionally connected to the content viewed in a simulation-based environment in VR compared to other interaction modes.
With immersive technology, brands like Nike have already built their online communities, such as NIKELAND on Roblox, where users can communicate, play games, and connect with other people with their shared interests. More and more communities are joining the metaverse, as VR can provide immersion, deep interaction, and feelings that we’ve never experienced before through interaction technologies.
5. Surgical Procedures
VR can also be used for lowering the risk involved in life-threatening scenarios in medical operations. A study has shown that new apprentices performed 30% faster and made 7x fewer errors than those surgeons trained via traditional methods. New trainees can monitor the doctor’s performance and assess where adjustments are required to be made in real life.
Above all, the time pressure is low in a Simulated training environment, so doctors can take as much time as they need to conduct a thorough training in VR compared to on-the-job training. This enables them to respond quickly in different situations and make informed decisions to handle more patients at a time. In turn, incorporating effective VR training could save thousands of lives.
VR Training Is The New Normal For Immersive Learning
VR is an emerging technology that has proven to be useful for training students and professionals in every sector of the economy. Today, all industries could benefit from this cutting-edge technology as it is already used for training pilots, surgeons, construction workers, leaders, and more to manage highly stressed or life-threatening tasks in a controlled and safe environment.