Training With Immersive Technology Offers Advantages Over Traditional Methods
Quality vs Quantity
Most first responders and other public service organizations today depend on the scenario or situational-based programs to train their personnel to the highest degree possible in TTP – tactics, techniques and procedures. Traditionally this type of training has been conducted by live presenters standing in front of a captive audience utilizing a technique that has humorously come to be known as “death by PowerPoint.” We’ve all seen trainees in these courses who were half asleep, not engaged, and just waiting for the course to be finished.
Over the past decade online courses, which are more cost-effective and easier to distribute, have replaced many live presenter platforms. Unfortunately, their lackluster content often causes trainees to suffer from the same lack of engagement and allows them to literally click through the content without actually learning anything.
While tabletop or live simulation exercises can be more engaging and have potentially high retention rates, they are often extremely expensive to set up, difficult to duplicate at more than one location, and can only educate a limited number of trainees per session.
VR – A Better Training Option
VR is a completely different kind of training experience than any other platform available to date. VR course modules offer increased engagement and proven higher retention rates by giving trainees a true connection to the training content:
- Trainees actually feel that they are in the middle of the training scenario, able to experience all the sights, sounds, and emotions in a full, 360-degree world of sight and sound.
- VR offers low-cost content duplication and easy distribution utilizing existing mobile devices and inexpensive VR headsets.
- VR course modules can also provide supplemental content that cannot be easily included in live simulations.
- Learning objectives and review points can be graphically inserted into the modules and experienced in real time.
- Reporting strategies can track how trainees are performing, and at the same time pinpoint any holes in the training information.
In many public service organizations, training budgets are reduced, and sometimes non-existent, especially in small, rural areas. The ease of availability and relatively low cost of VR equipment represents a huge benefit for training departments. At the same time, they provide an incredibly powerful training tool. Current VR technology can bring virtually any training scenario to life, either with live video or computer-generated images that can look and feel like the real thing. Once an app is downloaded, all the trainees have to do is put on a VR headset and immerse themselves in the world of their training platform, anytime, anywhere.
And the best part is, they can repeat the course as many times as they want, either to hone their skills or as a refresher course for low-incidence, high-risk situations.
Real World Applications
VR, or immersive, training is fast becoming the new standard for supplemental content where situational awareness is a must. One good example of this would be a pediatric trauma simulation that is presented in a rural hospital setting. The trainee is taken from an accident involving a nine-year-old child through the call to dispatch, EMS and law enforcement arrival, and transporting the patient to a rural health care facility. The simulation then follows emergency room prep, dealing with unexpected challenges, and the ultimate realization that the trauma cannot be handled at the Critical Access Hospital. Finally, it walks trainees through all of the processes and procedures involved in transporting the patient to a Level 1 Trauma Center for treatment.
Traditionally live simulations like this could only be delivered to a group of 10 or 15 people at a time and offered at most yearly or every two years. Now that same training simulation can be captured once in the VR environment, enhanced with learning objectives, secondary detailed content and a testing strategy, and distributed in a downloadable app to every rural hospital medical facility or EMS organization in the country at an affordable price. The potential benefits to the healthcare industry and to our communities at large are immeasurable.
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