The Numbers You NEED to Know about Virtual Reality Training’s Effectiveness
For many years, on-the-job training has boiled down to reading a lengthy document or watching a video. With the rise of technology in the last decade though, these traditional training methods have given way to more advanced techniques, namely virtual reality based training. This new training method has started to be used by several major corporations, such as UPS, as their primary source of training. The question is though, are virtual reality training programs more effective than traditional methods, or just different?
The answer is YES! Virtual reality based training has proven to be a more effective method of training. Here the numbers you need to know about how effective virtual reality is in training workers:
- Our brains can process images much faster than text. Just how much faster? 60,000 times faster. Virtual reality training allows for workers to learn at a much faster pace than traditional methods.
- A study done by Dr. Narendra Kini, CEO at Miami Children’s Health System, found that individuals retain up to 80% of information one year after virtual reality training has taken place. To put that into perspective, individuals only retain 20% of information using traditional methods of training after one year. This means that not only will workers learn faster using virtual reality but they also will retain more information in the long term, leading to a safer work environment.
- If you are not already sold on the effectiveness of virtual reality based training, a study done by the Navy found that virtual reality training significantly increased the likelihood of student pilots performing highly in real world flight tests. The study found that students who prepared with Microsoft’s Flight Simulator were 54% more likely to record an above-average score in flight tests compared to students that had not trained with virtual reality.
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