Virtual education has long proved its effectiveness for the trainees since people remember almost 90% of what they do and, thus, can recall later in real life. Scenario-based, gamified virtual training where staff members perform different tasks to acquire specific skills are used, for example, to train senior and middle management, executives, military recruits, and other professionals.
Moreover, they appear to be going mainstream replacing traditional training paradigms. While cost-effectiveness is one of the main reasons for this, virtual training still has multiple benefits, for instance, more immersiveness and engagement and the ability to rehearse the training anytime and at any place. What is specifically differentiate virtual training from other alternatives is that the learner and the instructor are usually at different places. Or there is even no instructor at all, just the program with a set of particular “missions” to fulfill. The main power of such virtual training environments is that they can be enjoyed independently or synchronously with a group of other staff members.
However, building virtual training is a laborious and complex task and, in order to be effective, it has to be designed properly to target the selected set of skills. Connective innovative methods with real-world efforts, making the training experience interesting and engaging, and building an effective system to deliver relevant information are what trainings are all about. Program-Ace, an R&D development company which specializes in virtual trainings and simulations for military and education, shares with TrainingMag their experience on the topic of creating powerful training. Anastasiia Bobeshko presented a list of 10 simple rules on how to craft an effective training environment regardless of whether it is a VR-based mission-readiness simulation or a simple educational survey.
#1 Do Your Research
One of the most critical facets of creating virtual training — one that often is left out or forgotten — is knowing the subject matter. Do not get yourself cornered; if you are not insightful enough on a specific topic, find an expert who can consult with you on all issues and answer all your questions. Explore the length and breadth of the subject to decide upon the essential information that should be delivered. Thanks to this seemingly simple step, you can craft an informative and compelling virtual environment.
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