Virtual Reality (VR) is a simulated environment where users are immersed in real-life experiences. The ability to hear and see are stimulated in such a way that the user thinks he or she is a element of the environment. VR has a lot of potential in the inland shipping industry.
– Time- and place independent learning.
– Giving employees a learning experience without putting them or others at risk.
– VR can be a solution to the language barrier.
The opportunities of VR in inland shipping
VR offers people in the inland shipping industry the ability to learn about safety and quality on every time and on every location. In this situation, the employee doesn’t have to be removed from the day to day operations. An convenient application of VR in the inland shipping is to give employees insight in unsafe situations on board and on shore. Employees gain this insight without harming themselves or other people. In addition, VR can also be a solution for the language barrier that occurs in the inland shipping industry. A message can be transferred in different languages by means of a tekst and voice-over.
Is VR becoming the solutions to all training issues?
There should be given a nuanced answer to the question whether VR could be a solution for all educational issues. Working with VR gonna be more and more accessible in the future through the fast moving technological developments. Yet, there always gonna be a group of people that prefers a face-to-face training with a trainer and other colleagues. Therefore, it’s considered that working with a combination of different learning forms is most effective. This is called ‘blended learning’. This can include combinations such as e-learning, classical education and VR.
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