VR may be more effective than video training — once hardware catches up
- Google recently found that a virtual reality (VR) training session beat out previous versions of "dull" video training in a test conducted by their DayDream team, several sources report.
- Two groups of Google employees competed to operate an espresso machine, Digital Trends says. One group was allowed to watch instructional YouTube videos and the other was given a tutorial in an HTC Vive-powered VR session. Those who use the VR instructions learned the material faster and made fewer mistakes later.
- Engadget says that a single test isn't enough to prove that VR will always beat out video training, but it does remind learning leaders that VR training is worth studying as it continues to develop. With improvements and modifications, it may become more useful.
Google is just one of several companies that are recognizing the value of virtual reality in training employees to perform their jobs efficiently and safely. The advantage with Google is that it has both the market data on the average person's behavior and preferences, on top of a talented software development team.
Some of the initial observations from this solo test at Google included the need to understand why humans perform tasks in certain orders and how they adapt to new challenges.
And right now, available VR hardware is cumbersome at best. But videos, while popular, may not provide enough of the tactical experience that is needed to learn and retain new skills. Until VR hardware catches up, however, many companies are opting for bite-sized video content to efficiently upskill employees.
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