Although the investments in learning programs haven’t been that innovative in 2020, the coming year will mark the use of more immersive technologies. Read all about our VR training trends and predictions for 2021.
1. Digitization training is the new norm
Covid-19 has changed the game when it comes to online learning. Last year most companies had to take serious measures to bring their learning programs online. They did this with various degrees of success, making digital learning becoming the new normal. Where 2020 has been about the digitization of training, 2021 will be about humanizing these programs. Since Virtual Reality is the most human form of digital training, the use of this medium will see tremendous growth this year.
Most work is now being done remotely, employees are no longer ‘going to work’. They are at home and work comes to them. This is in fact the same for training. Where previously employees went to training (i.e. classroom training), training is now coming to them. This is where immersive technologies, such as VR come in. Virtual Reality is the most perfect medium to deliver high-quality situational training to your home.
3. More focus on learning soft skills
As Degreed puts it, upskilling your workforce is a matter of survival. When taking a look at the demand for new skills, learning soft skills is highly represented in the top 10. According to their research, skills employees like to learn the most are soft skills such as leadership, communication, negotiation, entrepreneurship, initiative-taking and adaptability.
Where the use of immersive learning was mainly funded by innovation, this year more immersive learning programs will be requested by the business itself. Clear business cases will be made where a positive Return on Investment will mark the use of VR in day-to-day training programs.
The use of VR has always been labeled as an expensive form of training. Although this is not quite true, companies do have to make time and financial investments in order to develop their own bespoke training programs. This will be a thing of the past with more ready-made VR training content available to use right off-the-shelf.
For true mass adoption of VR training, it is vital to start small and frictionless. Where VR headsets have always been seen as something for geeks, nowadays everyone can use them. We at Warp VR are working hard every day to make VR training a commodity, something that is so easy-to-use that you don’t want to go back to the ‘old ways of training’. It is our commitment which we keep on fulfilling in 2021.