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Digitalization means that everything is in a constant state of flux. It is not only important for companies to accept and adapt to changes, but also for all employees. It is therefore imperative to constantly educate oneself. And digitalization in particular gives access to further training and virtual learning easier than ever before. But what exactly does virtual learning mean?
Virtual – What Is It Actually?
Everyone has probably heard the words virtual and learning before. If you combine the two terms, completely new possibilities are created to shape your own learning. Let’s first clarify the term virtual. Virtual means “not real” or “not present in reality”, but “appearing real”. Accordingly, is virtual, a reality simulated by the computer that merely appears real. This virtual world can be generated by virtual reality (VR) or augmented reality (AR). In this case, VR means a computer-generated reality that reproduces a 3D image mostly with sound via a head-mounted display (VR glasses). AR is a computer-aided representation that augments the real world with virtual aspects. For example, a couch can be created virtually in the furniture store and also placed in the virtually created living room to see how it can be integrated into the room. Another well-known example of AR is the Pokémon Go app. The current environment is visible there via the mobile phone. In addition, virtual Pokémon are displayed on the map. To make the difference between VR and AR clear again, the following video is very helpful.
6 Advantages Over Traditional Face-to-Face Events
Virtual learning thus creates a simulated reality with which we can interact to acquire new knowledge or refresh old knowledge. Virtual learning is ideal for teaching topics that take place in spatial situations. The implementation of VR training offers both companies and participants various advantages that not only serve to increase efficiency, but also entail a high degree of flexibility. As a rule, in digital training, the content is provided once. This ensures a constant and desired quality that is not changed by the mood of a lecturer, for example. In addition, everyone can learn and practice the subject at their own individual learning pace. The key advantages that arise for companies are:
- Time and travel costs are saved
- Low CO2 emissions reduce the burden on the environment
- Profit maximization due to the elimination of participant limitations
- Higher attention and less distraction of participants by external stimuli
- Target group expansion through training in several languages at the same time
- Higher media impact through the use of new technologies
Comparing the use of existing digital learning with virtual learning, putting on VR glasses and the feeling of being in a room is very different from just looking at a screen or listening to someone on the phone. Through virtual learning, it is possible to maintain eye contact with the person you are talking to. This creates a kind of co-presence, making a VR session feel like a real meeting.
The current situation we find ourselves in forces us to rethink. So why not take the opportunity to move with the times and test virtual learning or even embed it in our everyday lives in general. The conditions are there and are constantly being developed. So why not be a pioneer and test new things? We also want to take the step and develop further. That is why we are working at full speed to set up a virtual seminar, so that in future everyone can take part, no matter when or where they are.
In the meantime, you can find out more about our BIM training. We offer training in groups as well as individual seminars for companies tailored to your BIM implementation challenges. Find out more now!