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How the VR based trainings work best for knowledge retention and Skill building?

Updated: May 9, 2023

Understand the science behind learning retention in Virtual Reality trainings.

A man and woman experiencing the VR world

To answer this, it is important to know, how the VR trainings work.

Your brain builds on your past experiences to develop “rules” by which you interpret and interact with the world. For example, the sky tells you which way is up; shadows tell you where light is coming from, and so on. VR developers take these rules and try to provide same information for your brain in the virtual world. In VR environments, moving objects follow the laws of physics as in real world, shades and textures allow you to determine depth and distance, etc. Hence, VR environments convince your brain to take you to the different places as designed, and in turn react to those as you explore a virtual world. This phenomenon helps in remembering things exactly in a similar way to the practical experiences.

3-Diementional Immersive Visuals improves learning retention.

A study by the University of Maryland found that Virtual reality displays, such as head-mounted displays (HMD), provides a superior spatial awareness by leveraging our vestibular and proprioceptive senses, as compared to traditional desktop displays. Participants who learned in a head-mounted displays had an 8.8% improvement in their retention compared to the desktop conditions.

Practicing after a learning helps in building a skill and remembering the subject.

Adding the practice sessions after learning increases the effectiveness of the training manyfold. A study by National Training Laboratories Institute in the early 1960s, suggests - learning retention rates when practiced after the training is substantially higher (75%) than our conventional training modes like, Classroom Trainings(5%) or Self reading(10%). This practice option empowers the VR modules to be more effective in learning retention of the participants. This also helps in building the necessary skills on critical processes that are otherwise difficult to be practiced in live environment due to the challenges like – costly materials, risk of contamination, and machine downtime.

Accurate Performance Measurement & Improvement possible.

Virtual Reality offers options to accurately measure the performance of the participants while and post practicing. This is used to qualify them for a specific job. This is not possible otherwise, unless done through on-the-job assessment and qualification, which is difficult in running production lines.

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