Professional Training in VR: Preliminary Steps, Look Before You Leap
VizioFly’s trainer, Irwin, is a certified adult trainer and loves teaching. Aside from passionately speaking about VR, he also teaches accounting as an adjunct university lecturer!
Using Virtual Reality for training can cost tens, if not hundreds, of thousands. Prior to making such a weighty decision, some desire to understand Virtual Reality better and see if there are baby-steps that could be made. Such steps can increase understanding and lead to better decision making.
Due to it’s positive track record with governmental VR projects, VizioFly had been invited in April to conduct workshops at the Singapore Civil Service College and the Institute of Adult Learning. The thrust of such workshops was to give participants a basic understanding of 360°, Virtual Reality hardware and production.
Insights from Our IAL Workshop. With the novelty of Virtual Reality, discussions were naturally buzzing with energy. Questions were thrown, use-cases were mooted and costings were bandied around. At the conclusion of such sessions, participants were able to glean valuable insights on
- The effectiveness of VR for the training of behavior and muscle memory
- The unique advantage VR possesses for training in hazardous scenarios
- How VR does not apply to all training needs. At times, a normal video or even a drab PowerPoint can better deliver the learning outcomes.
- Using free software (e.g. InstaVR or WondaVR) to edit/enhance 360° images and videos.
- How to storyboard for 360° content
- What are the approximate costs to create professional content
Insights from Our Civil Service College Workshop. This workshop was 90 minutes long and the audience was so keen that we forgot to take a break mid-way! We had participants from public institutions such as CAAS, MOE, PA, MHA and even the Singapore Department of Statistics! This led to a very diverse discussion, where the questions, comments and presentation could cross-pollinate.
This workshop focused strongly on VizioFly’s local case-studies on Virtual Reality and it concluded with a special presentation from a Ministry of Manpower (MOM) executive. VizioFly had collaborated with MOM on a project that helped on-board and train their new staff. The executive spoke from the point of view of a client – the thought processes and other considerations involved in the creation of a VR training. This workshop provided a deep peek into the current initiatives done in the industry and excited the audience to think of their own agencies!
Success leads to more invitations! Such crafted workshops have proven to be vastly successful. Happily, other participants had also broached the notion of having us over to their agencies for a similar workshop! Of which we are definitely game!
Do you think that a deeper understanding of VR is required before you decide? Then look before you leap and let us help you fill the gaps!