Immersive tech in education and training

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In this blog, Hannah Sutcliffe, Co-Founder of MOONHUB, gives us an insight into how companies are increasingly turning to immersive tech to train their staff.

It’s no lie to say that technology is becoming more and more ingrained in everyone’s day to day lives as we see the continuous uprise in social media, but where does this technology come into play in the workplace... more specifically, in an organisation’s training?

Classroom-based training is slowly becoming a distant memory as more employees are opting to remain working from home, following on from the global pandemic. This has led to companies completely restructuring their workforces, and searching for innovative solutions in which their staff can still upskill, whilst focusing on key skill areas, in a remote and digital manner, without the need to step foot in the office.

Here, immersive tech, namely virtual reality, really steps into the spotlight, as it ticks the boxes for being:

  • Innovative
  • Immersive
  • Digital/remote
  • Cost-effective 
  • Provides data and analytics
  • Hardware agnostic 

The benefits

There are also plenty of other benefits, as proven by research undertaken by PWC, and other leading organisations, such as Harvard University. It has been stated that VR increases knowledge retention by up to 75%, in comparison to a measly 5-10% of information with traditional e-learning methods, or classroom-based learning.

Furthermore, those training using VR are 275% more confident to apply their skills after training, due to the nature of the immersive experience. Your trainees will also learn up to four times faster, and your organisation will save up to 64% in training costs.

The hardware:

Regarding the hardware, virtual reality is generally hardware agnostic, yet training companies are likely to lean towards their preferred provider due to quality, durability, online support, and cost. For our organisation, we train our clients using a simple piece of kit consisting of the headset and a remote. Using immersive technology doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be surrounded by wires, and having to be linked up to big supercomputers; In fact, it’s quite the opposite, and we have come a long way over the past decade.

Where does this immersive tech sit?

Virtual reality enables organisations to train their employees in low-risk environments, but in high-risk roles, covering surgical training, oil-rig training, fire-fighting training, and many more. Yet, we mustn’t overlook the importance of developing our soft skills, and this is certainly achievable using immersive tech. Companies train their staff in areas such as customer service, health and safety, diversity and inclusion, and sales, to name just a few.

In summary

Research has shown that immersive tech (both VR and AR) has the potential to inject $1.5 trillion into the global economy, with up to a $294 billion spend in training. A wide range of organisations across multiple sectors have taken the leap to onboard virtual reality into their companies, demonstrating that immersive tech in the edtech space is looking like a no-brainer.

MOONHUB provides high-quality virtual reality training for forward-thinking companies by immersing users in interactive VR scenarios. Our solutions are tailored for your business and designed to upskill your employees, helping you to recruit and retain the best talent out there.

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