Employee training: Benefits of VR over instructor-led, online and free


February 28, 2019 - Dom Barnard

Soft skills are increasingly becoming the hard skills of today's workforce. Training just technical skills isn’t enough these days, organizations need to also develop interpersonal and relationship-building skills that help people to collaborate effectively.

There are many ways to improve employee soft skills, but not all of these methods achieve the same results. When it comes to retention, ability to practice skills, depth of content, measure progress and cost, your options vary considerably.

VirtualSpeech provides a unique learning experience for individuals and teams, one that will help you remain competitive and be productive. Teamwork, leadership, and communication are underpinned by this soft skills development.

In this article, we discuss the benefits of VR training over instructor-led, traditional online learning and free resources.

Instructor-Led Training vs. Online with VR

It's impossible for one instructor to know the status of each learner’s knowledge or their unique needs, which means all your team members have to learn the same information, the same way, at the same pace. Classrooms simply don’t allow for personalized learning at scale. Our platform offers a complete solution that includes practice in VR, skills assessments, content in a variety of formats and analytics. This creates a unique experience for your employees where they can practice the skills being taught in realistic VR scenarios and get feedback on performance.
Static classroom curriculum and printed materials can’t keep up with the pace of change in personal development and new trends in the market. Our course library includes important soft skills - presentation skills, storytelling, sales pitching, leadership communication and more. New online training content from experts are added monthly. VR scenarios are being added and upgraded constantly for current and future courses.
Classroom training often involves high fees and travel costs for one-time access, not to mention time away from the office, making your team fall behind on day-to-day projects. With VirtualSpeech, you’ll have access to a cost-effective, scalable learning platform that can be deployed across teams, departments and countries. Standalone VR headsets can be shared amongst employees or given to each employee to keep, depending on budget.
Instructors are unable to benchmark everyone’s abilities at the start of class or how much they’ve learned - providing you with virtually no quantifiable measurement or judgment on course effectiveness. With our assessments and skills analytics in VR, you can quantify the current strengths of your team’s soft skills and see measurable improvements over time. Usage analytics also show you the adoption of our platform and VR app, giving you a clear ROI.
There’s no way to personalize a course to match your company’s needs, projects and employees. Custom VR scenarios can be created which are specific to your company. Do you have uniquely styled meeting rooms or typical clients you sell to? We can build VR scenarios which match these needs exactly.

Online Learning Products vs. Online with VR

Most online tools focus only on content, leaving you without ways to quantify skills, practice the skills being taught and measure progress. Users are also unable to practice and apply what they have learnt in a safe environment. Your team members get a true immersive experience with assessments, the ability to practice crucial skills in realistic VR scenarios, curated courses and more, while you get to access analytics on skills growth and engagement.
Most lack a depth of content and simulations where employees can practice skills, resulting in the course leaning heavily towards beginners. With courses on key soft skills from experienced instructors, your employees can learn the skills required to enhance their roles. The VR content is built in partnership with these instructors, so that the VR scenarios are relevant to the training.
Consistent pricing can be impossible to find, especially when you have to jump from provider to provider to find the right content. With VirtualSpeech, you’ll have access to a cost-effective, scalable platform that can be deployed across teams, departments and countries. Standalone VR headsets can be shared amongst employees or given to each employee to keep depending on budget.
Most online providers can’t benchmark a learner’s current skills, or provide you with insights into how skills are improving. With our assessments and skills analytics in VR, you can quantify the current strengths of your team’s soft skills and see measurable improvements over time. Usage analytics also show you the adoption of our platform and VR app, giving you a clear ROI and understanding of which employees need additional training.
Most only confirm completion, which doesn’t measure true skills growth. With employee analytics, you can measure progress towards business objectives, as you track how learners consume the content and perform in the VR training environments.

Free Resources vs. Online with VR

Employees waste time searching multiple sites for answers that can lack relevance and accuracy. Users are unable to practice and apply what they have learnt in a safe environment. Learners get an immersive learning experience, where they can actually practice what they have learnt and apply skills in realistic VR scenarios. This type of experiential learning has proven to increase knowledge retention, while you get deep analytics around skills growth and engagement.
Free resources lack curation and quality control. Your team runs the risk of learning poor, outdated practices that could be introduced into your organization. If your employees violate copyright or the terms of a license, your company could be liable. Get award-winning, curated content covering the most in-demand soft skills. You can provide your team with expert-led courses and professionally built VR scenarios, knowing they’ll gain skills in areas that matter most to your company.
How much is your team’s time worth? While there isn’t an immediate cost to free resources, they’re not free. Instead of spending money, your team is spending valuable time searching for answers and making mistakes, which takes a toll on productivity. Save time and increase productivity with an easy-to-use learning management system, so your team members can complete courses and spent time learning or practicing instead of searching for training material.
Utilizing free resources means zero access to skill measurement. As a leader, you’ll have access to skills analytics from both the online classes and VR training, to identify where knowledge gaps exist, so you can match the right people with the right clients and roles.
The impact of bad wrong information and incorrect training making their way into your organization is hard to quantify - but derailing your team always comes at a high price. Create custom VR scenarios to align your team’s learning to business objectives and track progress over time. See the impact that curated learning and immersive VR practice has on your team’s skills with deep analytics.

Content layout and style for this post came from this interesting article by PluralSight: Choosing A Technology Skills Development Partner

If you are looking to improve technical skills on your team, PluralSight are one of the best providers of technical courses.