444 - On-Demand: Future-proofing Your VR Training Pilot

Thursday, May 13, 2021
Emerging Tech

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Many people are creating VR pilots for training. What happens when your pilot goes well? The choices you make for your pilot can have a large impact on if it moves to the next stage or if the pilot is a one-and-done. Troubles can arise for a variety of reasons but they typically come down to a few key factors: They haven't chosen a good procedure to showcase VR in their organization. There is no plan to show the ROI on the VR investment vs the current training process. Finally, they do not plan for how to modify and expand the work that has gone into the VR pilot. Making a few key decisions at the start of your VR pilot goes a long way towards the future success of VR in your organization. This is a high-level talk about strategy and process for successful VR pilots.

In this session, we'll first focus on how to choose the right scenario/procedure for your VR pilot. Most VR pilots focus on one specific procedure. The right procedure will help you demonstrate an immediate and measurable impact in your training results. It should be applicable to a wide audience in your organization. Finally, the procedure should be sufficiently complex to show the learning value of the medium. Next, what to measure to help make the case for ROI? Many organizations do not have comparable metrics on their current process. During the pilot, you want to generate data on the current process, as well as capture data from the VR pilot. This is necessary for showing ROI. We'll look at questions to ask of the current process based on the type of procedure you have chosen for your VR pilot. Finally, how can training professionals take an active role in the creation of the VR training scenarios? Training professionals should ask this question at the very beginning of their project: "How do I make a change to a VR training module?" This comes down to the VR development process you choose. There are tools available for training professionals to create VR modules. Without tools, training professionals are left on the outside. The vast majority of VR pilots provide no tools for training professionals. Most only ask about changes after the pilot has finished. By then, it can be too late. We'll examine your choices when selecting a VR development process, or that of your chosen VR vendor. We'll map those to different training professional skillsets. This will help you choose the option which is right for your organization.‬‬

In this session, you will learn:

  • Indicators of a good candidate procedure for your VR pilot
  • What to measure from the VR pilot to compare against the current procedure
  • Questions to ask of the current training procedure to help show ROI
  • How training professionals can take an active role in the creation of VR training modules
  • The three types of VR development processes on the market and how training professionals fit into each one
  • How to select a VR development process that matches the skillset of your team

Technology discussed:

Virtual reality, web authoring, Unity, Unreal, LMS, LRS

Peter Wittig, Co-founder -

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