Your Guide To Use Virtual Reality In Equipment Training

Your Guide To Use Virtual Reality In Equipment Training
Summary: How do you deliver hands-on training without the risk? Let's look at how to use virtual reality in equipment training to lower the learning curve and facilitate experiential learning remotely.

How To Use VR For Immersive Equipment Training

Virtual reality technology has opened new worlds of possibilities for training our workforce. With immersive learning, you can put your employees in any location or situation imaginable. They can interact with equipment or other items that would be difficult, expensive, or impossible to have in a real-world training environment. The only limit is your imagination.

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5 Popular Types Of Learning To Build In VR - And Why They Work!
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Virtual Reality To Facilitate Hands-On Training

In this series, we’ll introduce 5 training instances where VR excels. Use these examples to draw inspiration for your own immersive learning projects. Remember, anything is possible in virtual reality! Of course, you might be thinking of the old adage, “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.” Or even, “If it ain’t broke, why fix it?” Perhaps your traditional eLearning program is going just fine. Or perhaps, it’s time to get your eLearning to ROCKSTAR status with VR! Download the eBook to explore all 5 use cases and tap into the power of virtual reality training.

When your employees need hands-on training with equipment or processes, but can’t do so physically due to office closures, space limitations, health risks, or other challenges, VR can often replicate the experience just as effectively.

In addition to needing less equipment dedicated to hands-on training, training in VR saves you money by decreasing the wear and tear on your machines, extending their life. Virtual reality works well for safely training users on equipment such as:

  • Medical and surgical devices
  • Airplanes and helicopters
  • Heavy machinery such as forklifts, cranes, and excavators

Ultrasound Training

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s VR ultrasound training is a successful example of this. The university had a growing Nursing School enrollment and point-of-care ultrasound imaging is quickly becoming an in-demand skill. However, the cost of clinical equipment and instructor availability was preventing the university from training all students on ultrasound machines.

In order to support the demand for ultrasound skills and affordably scale their clinical training environment, the professors had to think outside the box; they purchased CenarioVR®, a virtual reality course authoring application to affordably replicate the clinical setting in virtual reality. To capture the experience of operating ultrasound equipment, three different media components were combined to simulate the clinical environment: 360-degree video of the clinician and patient interactions shown from two distinct camera angles; a top-down view with graphic, anatomical overlays; and streaming video of the ultrasound output timed to coincide with exactly how the instructor is interacting with the patient.

Each video scenario was enhanced with additional instructional elements on the top-down view of the patient, such as drawings of anatomical elements that appear when selected. Questions, annotations, buttons, and hotspots were included to enforce key concepts and quiz the students on probe placement.

Why It Works

While eLearning can show students how to set up the ultrasound console, it cannot adequately demonstrate to clinicians how to properly use the probe on a patient, especially when trying to identify the anatomy being scanned. By replacing much of the didactic training with virtual environment experiences, the students can interact with that content at a distance, orient themselves on the anatomical features being scanned, and view the ultrasound output in the full field of view in real-time coinciding with what the clinician is doing with the patient.

The virtual experience means all students can train at the same time, instead of waiting for an ultrasound machine or instructor to be available. Furthermore, the chances of a student encountering patients with specific and diverse problems during in-person training sessions are low, so VR provides an opportunity to interpret multiple scenarios and patient conditions.


Since rolling out the immersive learning module in the spring of 2019, each student reported they had a more efficient training experience with the ultrasound probes. In addition, Vanderbilt University avoided the need to purchase additional ultrasound machines, and has reported $588,000 savings by not purchasing additional ultrasound machines nor hiring additional instructors.

Download the eBook 5 Popular Types Of Learning To Build In VR - And Why They Work! to explore the many applications for VR training in your employee development strategy, from safety courses to virtual events.



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