As an enterprise company, it’s hard to ignore the many benefits of virtual reality training. After all, benefits like improved speed to competency, reduced training costs, and increased safety are attractive and compelling training outcomes.
But taking the next step in engaging a VR training development partner can seem daunting, risky, and time consuming. Feeling hesitant to take the next step in getting your VR training solution up and running is normal, and you’re not alone.
As you look for a VR training development partner, you will want to carefully examine two things – their process and their approach. They should seek to make the process as easy as possible so your deployment can go as smoothly as possible. Let’s dig deeper.
Is There a Process?
When looking for a VR training development partner, first ask if they have a process that will take you from development to deployment. This will give you an idea of how easy and smooth it will be to set up your VR training program. Understanding the ins and outs of your VR training development partner’s process should alleviate concerns or questions you may have.
At Foundry 45, we have a proven three-step process that helps us create engaging and immersive VR training experiences. This allows us to quickly, and easily transform existing training materials without bloating training budgets and wasting valuable resources (time and money). Here’s a look at our process.
Intake & Exploration
Before getting started, a kickoff meeting is set to align teams, define roles, and talk about the content inputs we need. Since most companies already have an entry point to VR content (SOPs and existing training material), we make it a point to audit those assets first. Most of the time, the materials provided are chock full of valuable information that makes setting up the VR training module easier.
By taking the time to capture all the information we need, we remove the upfront lift typically required from your subject matter expert (SME). This frees them up to focus on the nuances that will make the VR training program impactful in the next step.
With the information in hand, the next step is creating a flow document and 3D content bucket that will serve as the blueprint of your VR training program. This results in an itemization of every detail used to create your VR experience, from how it will look, to the technology used to do voice-overs.
Once we outline how the VR training will be organized, we send it to your SME to review for content. Again, because we took care of the heavy lifting early on in the process, it should take your SME no more than 30 minutes to an hour to ensure that the content is correct.
Every two weeks after your SME has approved the flow outline, we will get you into a VR headset so you can make iterative changes and suggestions as we work to complete your VR training module. We know that there are times when changes have to be made on the fly, and this approach makes it easy for L&D professionals like you to nail the project down while ensuring that deadlines are met.
What Is Their Approach?
A good VR training development partner takes the time to understand your needs and can translate your goals, key performance indicators (KPIs), and objectives into actionable, results-driven VR training programs.
Your VR training development partner should:
- Explain what specific benefits you can expect to achieve with your VR training
- Regularly communicate on the project’s status
- Aim to be as collaborative as possible to ensure that every sight, sound, and feeling is captured correctly to make the VR training impactful
Getting started on a new enterprise training initiative like VR is stressful enough. Your VR development training partner should make the process smooth and hassle free.
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