Scaling immersive learning just got a lot easier with playing on web
For many use cases, virtual reality training is more effective than other forms of training, such as for onboarding, learning safety procedures and improving soft skills. Trainees who learn with VR are more confident in their ability to perform their jobs, they learn quicker and they remember more. Despite these benefits, there is still a downside to training with VR. And that is scalability. Managing a lot of headsets for a lot of employees can be a very time-consuming effort.
Therefore we are introducing an easier way to experience immersive learning scenarios. We are already supporting playback on VR headsets, mobile phones and tablets. But with our last update, you can now also play training scenarios in a web browser on desktop computers and laptops, without the need to install anything.
No time for reading? Experience browser-based scenario playback yourself.
When do you play immersive learning scenarios in the browser?
Before discussing how the web player works, let’s dive into some potential use cases.
Scaling immersive learning is way easier when trainees can play in a browser on their desktop or laptop computers, instead of only using VR headsets. VR headsets provide the most immersive experience, as it is pretty difficult to think about something else than what you are experiencing in the VR headset. But it is not easy to give that experience to hundreds or even thousands of learners.
Clicking on a link and opening a player in the browser on the device they are already on, is going to be a lot easier. But will playing in a browser provide a good enough experience to learners? The answer is: it depends.
We still promote using VR headsets when employees need to be trained on high impact scenarios. Knowing what to do when something impactful happens, is better experienced in VR. Emotions will be felt more intense and learners will get a more true-to-life experience.
But even these impactful scenarios could still be practiced in a browser before playing on a VR headset to get the full emotional experience. Therefore we see playing in the browser as an addition to using other, more immersive devices like VR headsets.
There are other types of scenarios where browser playback will fit perfectly, such as information-based scenarios. They are less impactful, and mostly meant to provide learners with information. Examples include a guided tour through a factory or office building. Or an onboarding program for new employees with which they can experience the history and culture of the organization they are going to work for. All of these scenario types can be played in the browser and will provide the best possible immersive experience for learners.
How does it work?
We explained what use cases the web player supports. Now it’s time to look into how to use it.
The web player will be seamlessly integrated in the full Warp VR suite. Whenever trainees get access to play a VR training, they will receive an email with information on all the scenarios they have access to. Clicking on ‘Play scenario’ in that email will guide all trainees directly to the new web environment where they are automatically signed in.
From that point on every trainee can decide where they would like to play a specific scenario: directly in the browser, or on a VR headset, phone or tablet. We provide easy installation instructions whenever required and we show a 6-digit code they can use to sign in on any of these devices. That’s all.
We record all scenarios analytics regardless of the method of playback, and provide these in Warp Studio for training managers. For each attempt made by trainees we show what device was used, for example to analyze if trainee performance differs from device to device.
Experience it yourself
Playing on web is now available for everyone to experience. If you have access to one or more training scenarios, go to play.warpvr.com and sign in. If you are not yet a registered trainee, but you would like to experience playing on web, click here to experience several demo scenarios.
Or watch our webinar Scaling immersive learning with playing on web to learn more.
Of course we don’t stop here. We are super excited to launch our new web player and already got some great feedback from early tests.
In upcoming versions, we will add a lot of new features to improve the learner experience. As an example, we will add the ability to use the web player for trainees playing through an LMS, no matter if they use SCORM, LTI or xAPI. We will also add support scenarios or courses that have been purchased by our store partners. And we will make it easier to publicly share groups in Warp Studio, so even more people can enjoy the simplicity of playing immersive learning scenarios on the web.
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