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  • Writer's pictureChristele Simeoni

Immersive Training: benefits and inconvenients you Should Know

A new era for vocational training

Immersive training is increasingly popular, especially in the field of professional training, where it allows learners to develop their skills in a more effective and engaging way than with traditional learning methods. Nevertheless, like any learning method, immersive training has advantages and disadvantages that should be considered before starting.

The benefits of immersive training:

✔️ One of the most obvious benefits of immersive VR training is its ability to deliver an immersive and impactful user experience.

✔️ VR allows learners to immerse themselves in a 3D universe and live an experience that is not possible in the real world.

✔️ This experience values a mode of practice, manipulation, exercise and not just theoretical, it will be 4 times faster to acquire skills, 4 times more effective and engaging!

✔️ In some jobs, it is sometimes difficult to handle because of a lack of equipment or costs, immersive training allows you to start complex courses upstream. For example, driving pilots fighter aircraft in the US Army, begin their training in VR before making their first outings, everyone can practice and budgets are turned upside down.

✔️ Another advantage is its ability to reduce costs.

On a virtual reality simulator, immersive training can be less expensive than traditional on-the-job training.

✔️ Simulations can also be used to test prototypes or products before production, which can reduce development and manufacturing costs.

✔️ We are also talking about benefits regarding the carbon footprint, by limiting staff travel, accommodation

✔️ Virtual reality can help students visualize abstract concepts and understand complex processes. In medicine, for example, immersion can be used to simulate operations and procedures, helping doctors prepare for critical situations. Some veterinary schools use it and no longer have to practice on live guinea pigs in many cases.

✔️ Inclusion: The immersive model can also help to reduce social pressure related to learning, providing a safer and more comfortable environment for learners. This is because learners can practice and make mistakes without fear of judgment, which can improve their self-confidence and motivation to learn.

They also no longer fear judgment...

The disadvantages

Although virtual reality has a lot of advantages, it obviously has its dark side.

✔️ Image quality!

Users quickly notice technological limitations such as degraded resolution or chaotic motion tracking which can affect immersion and the overall experience. Some immersive offers still offer very pixelated technology that looks more like old video games while it is now possible to access high quality resolutions, creating ultra realistic universes, pay attention to this part, the immersion and the experience will be totally different.

✔️ Money, Money: in the advantages we mention the reduction of costs, such as transport, accommodation, but there is of course an initial investment for engage in immersive training.

Finally, virtual reality can be expensive.

Software and hardware development costs can be high, which can make virtual reality inaccessible for small businesses or individual consumers. We suggest an adapted and tailor-made study according to realistic investments, without surprises with identified ROI

✔️ Material: Regarding VR masks specifically, their manufacture requires materials similar to mobile phones and difficult to recycle. Their lifespan varies depending on the model, but prolonged use can increase energy consumption.

✔️ Health: Some users may experience nausea, dizziness that resembles motion sickness, related to prolonged immersion in virtual reality, this is called the kinetosis!

Nevertheless, there are principles to adopt to minimize these side effects, such as the duration, the rhythm of the images, the music...

For us, change management to these new supports is essential, it is not enough to launch into the creation of a scenario without really thinking ahead, with all the actors who do the training in the company.

We talk about the inventory, strategy and objectives, storytelling and follow-up of learners, but also all the technical part necessary, the compatibility of masks and your technological infrastructures, so that they last and that you have a global map of the arrival of this innovation in your organization,

In short, although it can offer many advantages, you need to be well supported to fully understand the issues and best practices for a successful transition.

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