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  • Writer's pictureChristele Simeoni

Successfully navigating to immersive training: How to effectively manage change

The transition to immersive AR VR training


In-company training is one of the key elements in the success and support of a company’s growth. Skills that are not in line with a business will clearly be a brake in the implementation of a strategy and in the achievement of objectives!


For decades, companies have had action plans to develop the know-how and know-how #softskills of their employees to help them improve their skills, allow them to evolve in their business but also to:


  • support the change,

  • Optimize practices,

  • Valuing what has been achieved

  • Enable innovation

  • Preparing for the digital transition


The transition to virtual reality training implies a digital transition for the company. This means that the company must be prepared to adopt new technologies and invest in the infrastructure needed to support virtual reality training. It is important to train employees to use VR technology and to be comfortable with this new learning approach.


After the user experience, the learning experience!


In a rather formal way in the past, vocational training took place in a dedicated centre or in the company, usually in a group with a trainer and learners, with this little air of return to the school. The image of Épinal of the knower who gives knowledge to an audience of learners who take notes, cliché, but not so much…


Distance training complemented these offerings, making some programs more accessible and dynamic, and then Covid helped popularize these formats, but there was still a lack of practice and interactive content, and there are different ways to manage learning such as the Montessori method or digital reverse pedagogy that promote manipulation before the theoretical concept and promote failure, the right to error as a source of experience and a positive episode in a learning journey!


Immersive learning also offers the opportunity to dust off this field and make training experiences fun, combining several scenarios, with obstacles, mistakes to learn in an environment close to reality.



The transition to immersive learning


The transition to virtual reality training requires the collaboration of different departments of the company. This includes the training team, the IT team, the compliance officers, the HR team, the communications manager, and the company executives. It is important that all these departments work together to ensure a successful transition to immersive educational experiences.


Some points remain common to the development of traditional training such as:


  • Define training objectives

  • Content Design



however, as with a digital transition, additional steps are needed:


Define a steering committee and establish a training strategy


  • Define KPIs of integration of new use

  • Develop a strong and playful storytelling

  • Train the Trainer/Ambassador

  • An internal communication plan adapted and understandable by all

  • Validate and support the creation of the learning environment

  • Track learners along the journey

  • Validate the method of evaluation of results and certifications

  • Measure impact and irritants


People involved: a training steering committee




Ideally, defining a dedicated committee is a step that allows to set the training needs, the objectives of the company and target the people who will become ambassadors of the immersive learning project of your company by interacting with managers and teams, all potential learners.


The members of this committee will also be able to contribute to all pedagogical aspects, by pooling their professional knowledge, the best practices and innovations to be brought to train employees for the growth of the company and for the valorization of everyone in skills.


Support for trainers


The trainers are the key players, virtual reality will not replace them! Technology accompanies them with more powerful tools to train learners, allowing everyone to live the same experience at the same time and to put the instructions into practice simultaneously.


Imagine different scenarios for successful experiments

We all like to listen to stories! And to integrate new knowledge, it is also a technique that works because we are more likely to retain new information when it is told and contextualized.


One of the steps to successfully transition to virtual reality training is therefore to create an elaborate storytelling. The purpose of storytelling is to make the learner live a journey in a simulation environment, with different scenarios, with and without obstacles, allowing to recreate situations close to the real to better understand and integrate the new skills, and since everything does not always work 100%, integrating complex situations, failures or malfunctions is essential during experiments.


Monitoring and evaluation plan


A monitoring and evaluation plan is essential to measure the results of the transition to virtual reality training. Even if VR training makes it possible to integrate information more quickly, it is important to set up intelligent monitoring throughout the course to ensure that learners are learning the skills correctly. The addition of an assistant equipped with artificial intelligence can complete the experience and accompany the trainers to validate the achievements. It also helps to identify areas for improvement and measure the impact of training on the company.


The data collected under this plan can also help to identify future training needs and tailor training to the outcomes.


In short, how to prepare well?


To prepare for the transition to virtual reality training, the company must clearly define its training objectives and needs.


  • Integrate a transition manager to support you

  • validate a reliable and quality virtual reality provider to ensure an optimal learning experience for employees.

  • Reflect and communicate benefits to learners

  • Measure and discuss the societal impact! (link page benefits).

  • Contact us to accompany you:)


📌 A study conducted by Deloitte found that employees trained with virtual reality tend to be more confident and confident when performing critical tasks, such as surgery or repairs to complex machines.


📌 According to a study conducted by TalentLMS, companies that have adopted e-learning have seen their productivity increase by 50%.


📌 A study conducted by Oculus for Business found that companies that have adopted virtual reality training have seen their employee retention rates increase by 60% compared to companies that have used traditional training methods.


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