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Is VR the future of Occupational Training?

Everyone has sat through an awful training video at a new job. Whether painfully awkward sensitivity videos, or a how-to training video the process of on-boarding employees needs help. VR may very well be the solution to that problem. Combining immersion, and a low-pressure, entertaining training environment the opportunity for success in this area is high.

Theoretical applications aside, a 2012 study done by Fahad Alwadani and Mohammed Saad Morsi found that VR Training has proven almost seven times more successful than traditional training methods for argon laser trabeculoplasty. While the sample size may be small the implications are anything but: the benefit of VR as a training tool is very real.

VirTra Systems Inc. training simulator for police officers.

Surgery is a very specialized skill, so it makes sense that a simulation of real-world experience would be successful in improving outcomes, but what about something less technical? Vantage Point has released a VR sexual Harassment course designed to not only show what sexual harassment looks like, and how to prevent it, but to use VR to better create empathy. VR is uniquely positioned to provide users with a better understanding than a typical compliance video. By allowing role-playing in a private, pressure (and embarrassment) free zone employees can truly learn, and not just check off a box or two.

Surgery is high stakes, and sexual harassment training can help prevent emotional trauma in the workplace, but nothing is quite like what police experience in the field. High pressure situations requiring split second analysis and decision making could mean the difference between life and death for both officers, and the public. With more and more attention being focused on officer involved shootings, training has been lagging. Arizona based company VirTra has developed a series of simulations to provide officers, and soldiers with realistic experience that replicates the pressure of an active shooter situation without the real-world danger.

Whether through surgery, sexual harassment training, or active shooter simulations, virtual reality is becoming a major part of the workplace. With the potential to save lives, prevent trauma, and reduce instances of risky behavior in the workplace, VR can solve problems more traditional training methodologies simply cannot.


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