LHT Learning is honored to be included in the Training Industry selections for the 2020 Top Training Companies lists for the custom content development sector of the learning and development (L&D) market. LHT was recognized for the innovative learning solutions we provide to our global clients.
Training Industry, the leading research and information resource for corporate learning leaders, prepares the Training Industry Top 20 report on critical sectors of the corporate training marketplace to better inform professionals about the best and most innovative providers of training services and technologies.
Selection to the 2020 Training Industry Top 20™ Custom Content Development Companies List was based on the following criteria:
• Industry visibility, innovation and impact.
• Capability of developing and delivering multiple types of content.
• Depth and breadth of subject matter expertise.
• Company size and growth potential.
• Strength of clients and geographic reach.
“The companies selected for this year’s Custom Content Development Watch List represent specialized and emerging organizations that use innovative tools to create interactive and immersive custom solutions,” said Danielle Draewell, market research analyst at Training Industry, Inc. “These companies assist clients all over the world with a wide range of learning needs.”
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About LHT Learning
Positioned at the collision point of art, technology, and training, LHT Learning creates custom, digital learning solutions that engage learners and connect complex information, to action and behavior change. As a trusted learning advisor, LHT Learning collaborates with large and small organizations to create award-winning training using the latest instructional techniques, modern technologies, and engaging graphics and design. Learn more at www.lhtlearning.com and follow us on LinkedIn.
Virtual Reality training uses 3D-generated images to create interactive digital scenarios that immerse a user into a virtual learning environment. These engaging, 360° simulations allow users to move about and interact with simulated real-world tools, machinery, and instructors in a virtual setting that looks, sounds, and feels just like the real world—using only a headset and controller.
The Immersion Technique of Virtual Reality
Our eyes and ears work the same whether we are in the real world or a virtual one. Virtual reality (VR) technology manipulates our senses with audio, visual, and sometimes tactile cues, simulating the way we perceive and interact with the real world. This immersion technique is what makes virtual reality so convincing and VR training so effective.
An Experience Like No Other
Often the first word after a VR experience is, “Wow!” Whether using the Oculus Rift to openly explore the deep sea, or using Virtual Reality training to prepare retail stores for armed robberies, the brain, and body, perceive VR experiences as real. True emotions are triggered. Joy, anxiety, surprise, and even fear, are used to navigate real-world environments and situations.
Why You Should Consider Virtual Reality Training
Virtual reality training minimizes the need for lengthy training courses that involve reviewing manuals, stopping production, acquiring expensive training equipment, and in-person role-playing. Immersive digital learning offers the chance to practice as many times as needed while in a controlled, virtual environment, so employees become proficient in new skills faster, easier, and more efficiently. Even professional and Olympic level athletes use Virtual Reality training to repeatedly practice skills and techniques, knowing they translate to success and performance in the real-world.
Employee VR Training Improves Performance
The argument for virtual reality in employee training is simple: it significantly improves user engagement, knowledge retention levels, job performance, and team collaboration, while providing a safe learning environment for employees.
When you combine complex story narratives with a custom-designed curriculum, employees are learning in the best way possible—through personal experience. And, the potential applications of VR technology are virtually endless. It can be modified and adapted for numerous organizations and businesses to optimize their unique employee training process.
The Benefits of VR Training
Aside from producing training that employees will not only want to take, but also will never forget, VR training has many benefits.
Simulates complex situations within a controlled environment.
Accurately depicts real-life scenarios and environments.
Accommodates large numbers of trainees remotely across various locations.
Creates a highly visual, hands-on approach that aids with learning and knowledge retention.
Offers peer review, real-time feedback, and ongoing assessment.
Ensures that learning is engaging and enjoyable.
Is cost-effective in the long-run.
How Does It Work?
VR training works on the premise of mistake-driven learning, with the cost of making a mistake in the virtual world being nothing compared to the cost of human error in reality. Also, the repeatability and randomization of VR training can expose employees to numerous different workplace situations and scenarios, providing a career’s worth of job experience in days or even hours.
Data Collection and Analysis
Another advantage of virtual reality training is that an employer can receive measurable data on each employee’s performance, enabling them to set benchmarks and analyze the progress an individual has made. As a result, employees can receive immediate feedback on their performance and set targets in real-time, allowing them to implement what they’ve learned at a much faster rate.
Using traditional training methods, you may have to train small groups, or sometimes a single person, one at a time on a particular piece of equipment, which can be costly and time-consuming. The short-term cost of implementing virtual reality training can indeed be higher than traditional methods due to the highly customized design and development. Despite the initial set-up cost, managers are starting to realize the long-term reduction in cost and the ROI in terms of engagement, safety, and retention when training in VR.
Real-World Application of VR
Companies have already begun implementing groundbreaking VR tools to facilitate employee training—with amazing results.
Many Industries are Already Using VR Training
From shopping and retain to military and law enforcement, many industries are already using VR employee training. The detailed customization and memorable experience lend itself to many industries and workforces, including:
Engineering and Manufacturing
Example: Training on how to properly use machines or equipment to reduce the incidents of injury.
Shopping and Retail
Example: Creating a consistent new hire training experience to ensure customer interactions reflect a high level of service and attention. Or, retail sanitation training to keep customers safe.
Tourism and Hospitality
Example: Training on how to sell vacation excursions based on interests and budget.
Environmental Health and Safety
Example: Training on how to ensure proper industrial hygiene procedures are implemented and maintained.
Example: Comprehensive environmental conservation training program to ensure new construction preserves natural landscapes in growing towns.
Communication and Collaboration
Example: Encouraging cross-functional team collaboration during new product development cycles or training on how to have challenging conversations with low-performing employees.
Military and Law Enforcement
Example: Proper adherence and implementation of conflict de-escalation guidelines.
Example: Training on how to quickly and correctly prepare fast-food.
Major Companies Seeing VR Training Results
In 2015, BP partnered with Igloo Vision to train their employees in emergency exit procedures at their oil refinery in Hull, England. Employees were able to learn from mistakes in the virtual world, reducing the probability of making the same error in the real world, which could ultimately save someone’s life. And in 2019, when the Johnson & Johnson Institute began looking to improve medical training for surgeons, they partnered with Osso VR to develop immersive training for doctors to perform operations. The results saw a 230% increase in surgical performance.
How to Get Started with VR Training
Before beginning any training initiative, you must first define your business need and training need. By spending the time up-front to define and map your learning needs, you ensure that the training program you create ties to your business goals.
Connect with a custom learning vendor to determine what type of VR training is right for your team. They will guide you through the process of creating your training narrative, developing an appropriate and interesting visual environment, and implementing a successful VR training program.
As the world slowly turns to plan what life looks like post-pandemic, as should your assessment of your organization’s learning needs. Here are seven steps to consider as you map out what your post-pandemic learning needs may be.
Assess Your Audience
Consider if your team is: Frustrated and anxious? Overworked and exhausted? Eager and excited? Perhaps they are stressed or distracted from the pandemic? Training programs should meet your team where they are, not where you want them to be.
Assess Their Work Environment
Think through where and how your team is working. Are they new to working from home or in the office less than they used to be? How comfortable are they in using technology, including web-based tools and mobile devices?
Determine What is Needed Now
What are your short-term priorities? Find out what your team needs to know to be successful now that business priorities or policies may have changed. Then, think through the fastest and most effective way to communicate this.
What were your learning goals and projects before the pandemic? Many training needs likely still exist, but their priority may need to shift.
Explore Engagement Opportunities
The post-pandemic world is new for everyone. Learning experiences that may have resonated with your audience previously, may not anymore. Consider using fresh training approaches, such as animated video, virtual scenarios, or infographics, or alternate delivery methods, like mobile, to create memorable learning experiences.
Analyze Budgets and Timelines
Funding for training programs may be tight or be pushed into the next fiscal year. Timelines for critical training programs may be urgent, while others are taking a back-seat. Understand the constraints to work within.
Implement Your New Learning Plan
Whether training is to address a knowledge gap or application gap, use of unique instructional techniques, innovative visual design, and use of modern technology will help guide team members to the desired action or behavior change. Kickoff your next training project and adjust your learning plan as business, and team member, needs evolve.
Consider connecting with an experienced learning consultant who can serve as a trusted learning advisor. They will be able to guide you through mapping out your learning needs and discuss how to ensure your training programs drive business impact.
Organizations of all kinds use training to shape their employees and the way their business runs. The problem is that a lot of training programs feel dull or dated. Even worse, they often are not customized to the unique needs of your business. The training industry is wide-spread, and it can be difficult to know where to start. To help, we are offering a free, custom learning recommendation.
After reviewing your responses to three brief questions, our expert learning consultants will review your business goals and your audience to propose suggested training elements to help drive business results.
In your complimentary, custom learning recommendation, we’ll propose training elements such as custom eLearning, blended or instructor-led training, learning strategy and consulting, performance support materials, practice simulations, or immersive reality training.
A variety of training techniques can be used to help your audience connect the information being provided to a specific action or behavior. Your custom learning recommendation will also provide learning enhancements for your consideration that may guide your team to make the right decisions in every situation. Potential learning enhancements may include real-world scenarios, microlearning, gamification, and much more.
As a bonus, we’ll target an initial timeline to work towards in order to effectively manage your training project within the timeframe your business needs it.
In less than five minutes, you can be on your way to a custom learning program that will help drive business results. Get started now.
This no-charge, custom learning recommendation is courtesy of LHT Learning.