How to Get Started with VR Training

A woman putting on a VR headset

In an increasingly virtual working environment, HR and Safety Training departments are challenged with providing a great employee experience and effective training to help close the skills gap.

The past few years have brought about significant changes in the way organizations do business. Those changes have extended into the areas of professional development, with a considerable shift toward online training.

Remote or distance learning has been around for more than two decades. While it may have been considered uncommon twenty years ago, today most organizations blend  learning techniques like instructor-led, online, and video-on-demand, to optimize learning delivery methods for the remote workforce. 

Yet, providing effective training and a great employee experience continue to be among the top challenges of HR and Safety Training departments every year.

This is where virtual reality training makes all the difference.

With VR training, you can achieve 4X faster training and 4X greater engagement.  VR is engaging, wholly immersive, and cost-effective. With topics ranging from soft to hard skills, VR training is bringing learning and development to a whole new level. 

Here’s what you need to know to get started with VR training. We will cover:

  • Specify Your Focus and Opportunity to Improve
  • Consider the Options: Off-the-Shelf Content or Custom-Built
  • How to Distribute VR Training Content to Your Team
  • Devices You Need to Get Started
  • Partner with PIXO

Specify Your Focus and Opportunity to Improve

To maximize the benefits of VR training, start by focusing on a specific area, such as soft skills, safety, hazard detection, or equipment inspection. This provides an opportunity for trainees to adapt to a new experience within your current training program. As VR training proves effective, you can scale to include other topics.

Start by considering specific scenarios or job functions that relate to your desired area of focus.

For instance: If you’re using VR training as part of the onboarding of new delivery drivers, VR’s immersive environment allows you to comprehensively train drivers for all potential hazards associated with the job, even rare occurrences. Getting hands-on training on how to handle the vehicle and its load before drivers are in the middle of extreme weather can help prevent personal injury while protecting product orders.

Your drivers may never have to drive through hurricane-force winds, but everyone will be better prepared because they’ve already experienced extreme weather conditions in the safety of a VR training environment. 

Consider the Options: Off-the-Shelf  Content or Custom-Built

Whether you use off-the-shelf VR training or custom-built will depend on your goals. Because of its multi-industry application, VR training content for routine subjects such as soft skills, sales, workplace (industrial and non-industrial) safety, or harassment prevention is readily available off-the-shelf in PIXO’s VR Training Content library. These can be a great first step for organizations getting started with VR training. 

Off-the-shelf VR training allows you to test VR training in your program and determine whether the ROI is significant enough to expand topics or try something more customized. You can optimize learning by dropping VR training modules into existing training programs.

PIXO offers the world’s largest collection of off-the-shelf VR training. Many of the pre-built, off-the-shelf VR courses in PIXO’s growing  VR Training Content library let you personalize your brand  in addition to offering a high level of customization. Our modules give organizations the ability to edit the training to reflect your specific needs with maximum accuracy, without sacrificing branding in the process.

If you’re interested in trying VR for your organization, try a free demo with PIXO. Take a VR module for a (maybe literal) test drive and see if it fits your learning and development needs. 

While using off-the-shelf VR training modules is one of the fastest, most cost-effective training solutions, custom-builds allow for personalization based  on industry, process, or product specifics. This can be especially valuable when dealing with proprietary processes, products, services, and hazardous environments.

How to Distribute VR Training Content to Your Team

Content management and distribution are major considerations in getting started with VR training. With the PIXO Apex platform, content is easy to share among trainees around the world. Upload your chosen modules using PIXO Apex as a hub, and trainees can access them any time, anywhere. 

PIXO Apex facilitates the distribution, use, tracking and scalability of your training program, whether you use off-the-shelf content or custom-built training. 

You can personalize and assign training modules, track trainee engagement and performance all from a secure, cloud-based platform that can integrate with your  learning management system (LMS). All your training is instantly accessible to trainees no matter where they are.

Devices You Need to Get Started

You are really interested now, and are wondering: what devices does an organization need to get started with VR training?

Whether you already have VR headsets or need help choosing which system is best for your organization’s needs, PIXO can help. PIXO’s VR training works with multiple devices, allowing for increased accessibility and affordability.

VR Training Headsets 

VR headsets like Oculus GO or Samsung Gear work with smartphones. These headsets or goggles are designed to hold the cell phone and deliver an immersive experience to the user. 

VR headsets are convenient, inexpensive, and available for both Apple iOS and Android systems so trainees can access training easily at home, at the office, or anywhere else they’re working. 

Standalone VR Training Systems 

Standalone VR training systems are headsets with several components already built-in, including screen processors and multiple viewfinders to provide spatial orientation and position recognition relative to the real world.

Standalone VR training systems typically deliver richer images faster, without the need for connecting wires. Their comfort and ease of use can help boost learner engagement and retention.

Which Device or System is Best for My Organization?

PIXO can help you figure out the right system for your organization’s needs. Start a conversation with us today.

Partner with PIXO

Let PIXO be Your Training Partner to maximize training in your organization. PIXO is the leading expert in VR training, with the world’s largest library of off-the-shelf VR Training Content and ability to custom build training for your organization’s needs. Customers like Saudi Aramco, Chick-Fil-A and Bosch work with us to offer effective training and great experiences to their employees.  You, too, can get started easily to quickly start seeing the results of VR training

Contact us today!  

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