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Reduce Training Risks With VR

Friday, December 30, 2022

This type of extended reality tech enables individuals to learn to operate an oil rig or land a plane.

Virtual reality is increasingly a hot topic of discussion. L&D professionals may know the term but not fully grasp the technology, or they may be intrigued and wonder whether they should try folding VR into their learning portfolio. In "Bring Training to Life With Virtual Reality," Destery Hildenbrand explains the differences between the various types of extended reality technologies—CGI virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality, and 360-degree videos—and homes in on how CGI VR can be an effective tool to train workers.


Most L&D professionals probably have the greatest familiarity with augmented reality—the digital overlay of information onto the real world. Mixed reality has similar capabilities as AR but enhances the experience by allowing for interaction with the world around it.

Further, 360-degree videos—also called VR or immersive video—are recorded through a specialty camera that records all sides and angles, putting learners in the middle of the video. But where Hildenbrand focuses his attention is on CGI VR, which through a VR headset completely immerses users and transports them to another time or place.

CGI VR gives L&D professionals—in collaboration with IT team members or 3D developers—the ability to create safe learning experiences. Consider staff who need to learn how to operate an oil rig, refuel an aircraft in flight, or complete a task at a hazardous waste site. CGI VR also is appropriate for skills that require repetitive, repeatable actions, from developing soft skills to landing a plane.

These tips were adapted from the January 2023 issue of TD at Work. Learn more at td.org/TDatWork.

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The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is a professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees in organizations around the world. The ATD Staff, along with a worldwide network of volunteers work to empower professionals to develop talent in the workplace.

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