How Virtual Reality is Used in Corporate Training

How Virtual Reality is used in Corporate Training

Virtual Reality (VR) technology has advanced to be able to create cyber experiences for the masses that immerse an individual in a new environment where the senses are engaged.  The cost of the technology has dropped to the point where it fits corporate training budgets. It is no wonder the use of VR in the corporate training segment has exploded.  The immersive environment allows individuals to make mistakes with no real-world consequences and for participants to experience situations once reserved for real life.

Learning how others are using VR can help us formulate our own thoughts on if and how this technology can help our own organization. Below are just a few examples of the different industries at the forefront using VR to train personnel.

Healthcare

Medical professionals are now able to master procedures with no danger to real people. At Hammersmith Hospital in the UK in a small operating theater under the hospital, surgeons are practicing scenarios where surgeries can go wrong and practice techniques to employ for best case outcomes.

Nurses can master skills through VR such as inserting a catheter, starting an IV and administering CPR.

In Canada, clinicians affiliated with the University of Montreal have developed a useful but somewhat simple virtual reality simulator, SIM-K, which teaches young doctors how to perform complex knee replacements.1

Law Enforcement

Using the technology to teach law enforcement personnel how and when to employ non-lethal and lethal weapons is being used by the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy in Morristown, NJ, that serves law enforcement personnel in the surrounding area.

Increasingly VR is being used to train officers how to speak to a suspect so an encounter does not escalate into a potentially dangerous confrontation.

Oil Industry

Oil production workers operate within an inherently dangerous work environment. Technicians and production workers learn and practice through VR how to react to potentially dangerous situations minimizing risk to human life should the actual situation occur.  A good example is an oil rig fire.

The industry is using this technology to help curb the worker shortage by turning out fully qualified rig workers trained through immersive experiences.

Automotive

Toyota used virtual reality as part of its TeenDrive365 campaign to educate teenagers and parents about distracted driving by immersing participants in different driving situations.

Education

VR is opening new ways for students to learn. Engineering students can have hands-on experiences not afforded them in traditional education such as experiencing the design and build process.

Field trips can be taken to faraway places around the globe for students to experience first-hand what previously could only be read about.

Professional Sports

The NFL, NBA, NHL, and WNBA are all using VR to train both young and veteran players to respond to various potential game situations. Players can experience the outcome of their actions without stepping on the game field or court.

Skilled Trades

Facing a shortage of skilled workers, trades such as welding are using VR to help train new welders cheaper and faster.

Purchasing materials for novice welders to learn the trade can get expensive, not to mention dangerous. Beginning the training experience in the virtual world allows participants to attain a level of mastery before moving to full function welding equipment and real-life experiences.

Engineering and Construction

Engineering and construction company Bechtel uses Human Condition Safety’s SafeScan job training to virtual train its workers before sending them out on the job. SafeScan is a virtual reality immersion training method similar to realistic video games.2

With the virtual reality training, workers can practice challenging skills such as unloading a beam from a crane several stories high on a low visibility morning before they are asked to perform such a task out on the job.


You may not work in any of these industries but hopefully, these examples will help spur your imagination in ways to think how the technology could benefit your organization. The results attained for these industries mentioned is that Virtual Reality has helped people develop skills faster and perform jobs better.

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References:

  1. Augmented and Virtual Reality in Medicine: 6 Applications We’re Keeping Our Eye On, Gardner, James, May 2016, Medtech Boston
  2. Bechtel Begins Using Virtual Reality to Train Employees, September 2016, ForConstructionPros.com

 

4 Corporate Training Tips to Boost Learning Retention

4 Corporate Training Tips to Boost Learning Retention

Even the best corporate training program loses value if employees don’t retain the information presented to them. The time and money invested in learning and development at any company need to be focused on creating a corporate training experience that is not only enjoyable, but also easily recalled.

Taking the time to approach the methods used in your corporate training program can greatly increase learning retention with these four tips:

Hands-on Training is Essential

Learned skills stick better with employees when they can apply them soon after training. Even skills that may not be essential to their day-to-day tasks need to be practiced in addition to being explained to have any hope of retention.

Build simulated situations and real-life applications of skills to your training program to address this. Hands-on experience doesn’t necessarily need to be led by a trainer. Adding applications of important skillsets as a sort of homework allows employees to get familiar with the skills while exercising critical thinking to address new challenges that may arise.

Engage Emotions

Our brains prioritize all incoming sensory information into three categories on the fly; data important to survival, data connected to emotions, and informative data. Content that is only informative is the lowest priority of the three, but content that connects on an emotional level is retained much more quickly.

Corporate training programs need to focus on keeping employees’ attention but also making sure they feel a connection to the situations presented. Building a learning path based on a narrative greatly improves trainees’ ability to recall information by following clear, logical connections.

Asking why trainees need information rather than what they need to know and conversationally engaging them to make training not only more interesting, but easier to follow and remember.

Spaced Repetition

Hearing information one-time can be challenging to remember. Education from childhood all the way into adulthood thrives on repetition. There’s a good reason for that too, repeated recall of information improves retention by up to 80 percent.

Tactics as simple as a question and answer style review at the end of a training day paired with a recap at the beginning of the next day can be implemented simply. This not only creates spaced repetition, but also engages trainees and focuses on information they need to be clarified.

Make sure information that is essential to your corporate training objectives isn’t presented only once. Present that information multiple times with space in between to build retention up even before the information has been applied.

Personalize Training with Microlearning

Building on the conversational structure of learning, corporate training can be broken down into bite-sized and personalized moments. When trainees ask clarifying questions, encouraging them to apply the skills they are learning to situations in their life personalizes the information.

This personalized information is not only easily recalled, but it presents important information in stages. Trainees can take the time to master the smaller pieces and build them into full-sized skills, allowing them to build future learning on that foundation.

Build employee retention and professional development into your corporate training. Contact ISC Technology Inc. to find professionals to enhance your corporate training and development programs.

How to Make Your Corporate Training Fun

How To Make Your Corporate Training Fun

The goal of corporate training is to provide your team with an opportunity to learn and develop new skills and deepen their knowledge. The more informed and skilled your employees are, the more value they’ll bring your organization. However, if your employees are bored by the corporate training you provide, it’s all for nothing.

An overwhelming number of your employees want you to provide them career learning programs. According to a recent Randstad study, 82% of employees said that lifelong learning is important to them. Then why do so many people find the corporate training they receive to be boring? Usually, the blame lies at the feet of the training delivery or the trainer presenting the information.

Here are four tips for making your corporate training fun.

Switch Up the Delivery

If the feedback you’re receiving is telling you that your training sessions are boring, take a look at how you’re delivering the learning to your employees. If you’re using the traditional training method of a trainer standing in front of a large group of employees giving a lecture on a particular topic, that may be your problem.

Switching up the delivery of your training can go a long way in boosting engagement and making it more fun for your team. There are a number of different directions your company go when looking for a new delivery. Virtual reality, eLearning, social learning—technology has created plenty of exciting ways for companies to provide corporate training.

Include an Interactive Element

The opposite of bored is engaged, therefore adding interactive elements into your training will give you a far greater chance of keeping your employees engaged. Introducing interactive elements to training can also improve how much of the material your employees retain.

Not sure how interactive to make a training? Aim for consistency. Placing an interactive element on each slide of your training creates a cadence and expectation for the participants. Graphics, questions, and videos are a few different ways to incorporative interactivity into a training.

Inject Some Humor into Your Training

No, this doesn’t mean you should hire a stand-up comedian to perform a ten-minute set before your training starts. Adding humor to your training is about throwing a wrench into your current style and adding levity to your material.

A funny picture, video clip, or a work-appropriate joke provides your training with a brief relief from learning and creates a fun atmosphere. Humor can be very effective if you notice that the energy and attention span of the class is waning.

Recognize High Performers

When your employees perform well in their normal work, you usually acknowledge their achievements, right? Then do the same to the employees who show great results in your corporate training. If your training wraps up with an exam or certification test, make sure you’re recognizing the employees that score well.

To really boost engagement and generate excitement, you can turn your training into a friendly competition. Announce at the beginning of the training that high performers will receive rewards. Companies must be careful with making it too competitive, as competition is not for everyone.

Looking to make your corporate training more fun? Contact ISC Technology Inc. to find professionals to enhance your corporate training and development programs.

7 Advantages to Corporate Training

Corporate Training

The saying goes “you learn something new every day.” However, if your company is not providing adequate, on-going corporate training, that might not be true. It’s easy to fall into the practice of onboarding new hires with basic skills and sending them off to figure out the rest on the fly. But, not only can continued training build strong individual skills, but it provides your company with a dynamic and robust team who can deliver your customers more value.

With an expert strategy for training in place, your investment in staff will be a lucrative one. Here are seven reasons how corporate training can give your company an edge.

1. Leapfrog Competitors

If your employees remain stagnant in their role competing companies that are continually training and developing their talents will race past you. By providing your team with regular training and development programs, you will get your team moving in the right direction and stay ahead of your competition.

2. Industry Changes

If your group hasn’t discussed the latest industry trends, your company is in danger of falling behind. Changes and disruptions are frequent in the digital age, especially in regard to shifting regulation and industry policies. Providing training to keep your team informed on industry trends will allow for more intelligent and agile business strategy.

3. Tech Developments

Technology can make things a lot easier if your team is armed with the ability to use it. If your office isn’t knowledgeable about how to utilize it correctly, the latest technology will create only headaches. Ensure that your staff is effectively trained with each introduction of new software and devices. With proper training, your employees can unlock the full potential of their new tech tools.

4. Identify Weaknesses

With continuous training, it becomes easy to see where gaps in the market exist and where your current workforce is falling short. Being up to date on weaknesses can give you time to set goals and train specifically for improvement in that area.

5. Career Development

Training and development programs can be highly effective tools for enabling the career development of your staff. A company wants to always have the next generation of management developing and ready to step up when current management retires or seeks other opportunities. As employees progress and thrive in their current position, internal promotion becomes probable.  Instead of searching high and low for external candidates who can meet qualifications for upper management, hiring someone with intimate knowledge of your company, who is trustworthy, and already possesses the skills is smarter and much more painless.

6. Employee Retention

An active training and development program provides a path for career growth for your employees, which might deter them to seek other opportunities in the search for advancement. With constant training not only does turnover decrease but your company’s productivity increases as your employees are more engaged and committed to the long-term growth of your company.

Encouraging all your employees to take a step further in their professional growth plan will improve job satisfaction and show them that their company supports and believes in them.

7. Attract More Talent

When your company’s employment brand broadcasts a commitment to training and developing your team, external talent will want to join your winning team. A significant motivator for professionals to switch companies is feeling as if they’re stuck in their role and unable to receive career development. You want your company to be the place they seek out for that career development.

Increase your possibilities through ongoing corporate training. Contact ISC Technology Inc. to find professionals to enhance your corporate training and development programs.