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PwC Summary

In the summer of 2020, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) released its groundbreaking study into the effectiveness of the latest technological innovations applied to training in the enterprise. Focusing in particular on the application of Virtual Reality (VR) training, it investigated this emerging technology in terms of its cost-effectiveness, scalability and return on investment (ROI). The results have proved to be very positive, if not to say outstanding. 
PwC’s conclusion is that a revolution in enterprise training has only just begun…


According to PwC’s findings, using emerging technologies like Virtual Reality (VR) allow enterprises to train employees on various skills more effectively than classroom and e-learn training. In fact, “v-learners” were up to 275% more confident to act on what they learned after training. This represented a 40% improvement over classroom and 35% improvement over e-learning. V-learners were also up to four times more focused than e-learners. They completed training on average four times faster than classroom training and 1.5 times faster than e-learning. 
The benefit didn’t just extend to processing information. PwC also found that v-learners were 3.75 times more emotionally connected to the content than classroom learners and 2.3 times more connected than e-learners. And, when it came to return on investment, on top of other benefits, v-learning was also estimated to be more cost-effective than classroom or e-learning modalities when delivered at scale.

PwC reports that v-learning was ready to be deployed at enterprise scale. While v-learning might not replace classroom or e-learn modalities entirely, the findings strongly suggest that it should be considered as part of a blended learning curriculum when training specific types of skills. Combining the best of classroom, e-learning and v-learning together is undoubtedly the most effective way to equip employees with industry-leading skills. 
To sum up, this is a great leap forward for learning technology, and for all the people who are certain to benefit from it.

04 September, 2020

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