What makes a great VR experience?

In the era of digital devices, we have the opportunity to enable better learning with technology, such as using a Virtual Reality (VR) experience to train your workforce.

This is not just the latest fad. It’s an extremely powerful tool for training, helping learners to more easily absorb knowledge and dramatically boost retention rates. However, to do this well, there are certain things you need to get right.

So here’s our top 7 things to consider when creating VR content, to help your learners get the most from the experience. 

1. Content is still important

VR education transforms the way content is delivered but it still has to be beneficial content for your learners and you need to make sure they are truly getting what they need from their VR experience. Remember you want to utilize the capabilities of VR technology not just create a 360 quiz that looks fancy.

2.Consider the length of your course

Time is a valuable commodity so make sure the length of the learning experience is appropriate for your learner's needs. Consider a shorter, more focused VR experience to improve learner retention. This will also stop learner fatigue: the learner becoming overwhelmed and unfocused.

3. Think about how things are reported

It’s important to know what reporting is being pulled from the experience- our product eNetReality can capture a lot of data and it’s worth taking the time to define what you want when creating the experience so that you get what you need from the reports. eNetReality has the option to do xAPI reporting, so you can get data that’s as granular as you like. It’s also worth making sure you understand what the data is telling you- this is an important piece that adds a lot of value.

4. Consider your footage material

Make sure the footage you use is as true to life as possible- get footage from the actual scene if at all possible. Simulations can be helpful but a simulated experience created from 3D models of being on top of a structure, e.g., a bridge and 360 footage of being on top of one are completely different. 

5. Teach new skills

VR actually helps learners learn in a different way by making the connectors in the brain stronger because your brain thinks you’re actually doing the task. As you can perform a task within the safe environment of your VR experience, it opens the door to learners trying things out for themselves and learning a new skill with no risk. It allows you to train people on the most complex equipment with no consequences.

6. Instructions are Vital

It’s important to make sure you set the user up with instructions. VR is still new to many people which is why it’s so exciting. Ensure they have a good experience by setting expectations and giving proper instructions on how to get started such as setting up the area for the VR experience. If individuals are using it with a headset, ensure they know how to set up a space and whether they should be standing or sitting. We've all seen those videos of Wii controllers flying into TVs; let’s not make that happen!

eNetReality offers cross-platform deployability which means people can take the experience on a phone, or with headsets such as google cardboard or oculus quest.

7. Don’t go overboard

Just because we can doesn’t mean we should. Make sure the VR experience is easy to use and understand.  VR is here to enhance the experience not overcomplicate it.  By following the above points you will be on the road to VR success and a better way of learning.

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eNetReality™ gives you everything you need to create and deliver your own VR learning and assessment experiences for your workforce. Why not try it for yourself with our FREE 14-day trial.

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