Over the years it has become easier to see the importance of using immersive technologies and XR (Virtual reality (VR) and Augmented reality(AR)), in training. It allows a whole new depth to training, acting to reduce overall costs, increase the engagement of trainees, drastically reduce training duration and often providing training that is more effective than traditional training methods.
New depths to training
Using XR for training can add new levels to training, not only immersing trainees and making it as realistic as possible but also allowing them to be aided with information as they train. This type of training would allow the user to operate in an online virtual twin of employers chosen environment, This would mean trainees could develop their skills all around the world. Renders three stage training is useful for employees at any stage in the business, if that’s a brand-new trainee or a refresher course for an employee that has been with the business for 20 years.
The first stage or “Instructed” would consist of a “walk through” where a voice over and other informational pop up’s could take users through the process of training step by step. They would also be allowed to replay these stages at any point, so they can fully comprehend the environments. This takes away the need for a trainer to come in and work over a set period.
The second stage or “supported”, would involve going through the same training as before, but now it would only be aided training, instead of a full step by step walk through of the training process it would now only involve the occasional hint or prompt to allow the trainee the ability to learn for themselves and get a feeling for the simulation independently.
Assessed or testing stage
The final stage or “assessed”, would be a completely unaided section that aimed to test users on the knowledge they have acquired over the training process. The testing section would also be able to gather data on each trainee and determine the time it took them to do sections of the test or equally analyse sections that all trainees struggled on. This could highlight issues with the current ways that employees are trained or highlight issues with the physical layout of safety equipment. If a trainee has failed the testing section of the XR training, then they can be placed back to the start of training and work through the issues that had been highlighted.
This type of training means that there is no need for a set time period of training where a trainer needs to be employed and take new candidates through the process. Only for some of them to fail and need to wait till the next opportunity before they can retake the test. Instead, XR solutions would allow them to take the test when they are ready, and if they fail the test they can go back to training or retake the test immediately without the need for rescheduling. This overall can bring massive cost reduction’s to business and helps to make employees feel more empowered and confident.
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