Virtual Reality Training on a Reality Budget

Virtual Reality (VR) is a hot trend in learning and development because it has the potential to really transform employee training within a variety of industries. VR immerses learners in a realistic 3D environment where they can acquire and practice skills and experience the consequences of their actions without putting themselves, or other individuals, at risk. For example, with VR a doctor can practice a new surgical procedure on virtual patients, with a variety of outcomes, before ever performing it on a live patient. Or a pilot can practice making emergency landings in a simulation without endangering a plane full of passengers.

Aside from physical safety, VR can also provide learners with psychological safety when practicing soft skills. A manager can rehearse emotionally challenging tasks, such as reprimanding or firing an employee and practice responding to a wide variety of employee responses in a safe environment before ever attempting it in the real world.

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