Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) offer an extremely engaging and immersive experience and can be utilised for training both hard and soft skills.

Virtual reality training and augmented reality training are a natural progression from using video in e-learning. VR offers the ability to fully immerse learners into a whole new world where they can experience and interact with a virtual environment through headsets and goggles.  The difference with AR is that rather than creating a whole new virtual world it uses your current reality and adds additional elements to it to enhance an effective learning experience.

VR and AR applications for learning

VR and AR can enhance storytelling and bring learning to life. They can also emulate on-the-job training approaches in a safe and secure environment, avoiding any costly errors or risks.

Both technologies have some really useful applications for learning such as employee onboarding, health and safety training and technical training to guide users through complex tasks such as surgical procedures or repairing a machine or engine.

With employee onboarding you can introduce new starters to their working environment ahead of time and get them familiar with locations and processes that will enhance their work experience from day one.  Complex and expensive procedures can be trained effectively within VR and AR applications.

Immersive, interactive training can be extremely beneficial for health and safety training to improve hazard awareness, increase perception of risk and support decision making.

As VR and AR technology develops there will be more opportunities for learning applications to become reality in the workplace.



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