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Unforgettable Learning:
Is Virtual Reality the Key to Knowledge Retention?

Do you struggle with remembering new information, no matter how hard you try to retain it? This can be particularly frustrating for those trying to progress and concerning for employers trying to upskill their workforce.

It has been found that just one day after a learning session, we forget 70% of the information presented to us; this increases to 90% after only one week.

With this being the case, how are we able to advance?

How can the learning and development industry create content that will make learners more likely to remember the information needed to upskill?

Well, there are some techniques that we can use to help us retain vital knowledge.
What are these techniques?

So, let’s discuss the four main techniques that can make a major difference in knowledge retention. 

  • Repetition. This is one of the most important factors, improving your ability to remember new information by up to 80%. By putting what you have learned into practice, the new skill will almost become a new ‘habit’.

  • Stimulate your senses. By immersing yourself in the task and engaging your senses, you are significantly increasing the likelihood of retention. This is mainly because you can envisage what it means to be able to successfully perform the task.

  • Simplify the content. Sometimes it is better if learning materials are concentrated. Rather than learning from large pieces of text, a photo or video can convey the information in a way that is much easier to understand, and therefore remember.

  • Add an element of excitement. Make the content unique, learners are less likely to engage with content they find dull and mundane.
But how can these be implemented?

While it is great to know the techniques that can be used to help knowledge retention, how can these be put into action?

A study by the University of Maryland found that Virtual Reality may be the solution. They discovered that those who partake in Virtual Reality Training are more likely to accurately recall what they have learned when compared to those who took part in traditional e-learning. Those who learned using Virtual Reality had a recall accuracy percentage of just over 90%?

What makes Virtual Reality a suitable solution?

Virtual Reality could be the solution for learning and development organizations looking to find new ways to create memorable content.

But how can Virtual Reality implement all these retention techniques? Let’s examine the four features of VR that make it unique:

  • It’s innovative. Virtual Reality is an innovative piece of technology; it is exciting, engaging, and unlike any other methods of learning such as classroom and e-learning.

  • It engages all your senses. Learners can fully engage with the environment around them and physically perform the task they are trying to learn.

  • It is highly accessible. Tasks can be repeated by learners until they feel confident that they have retained the necessary information.

  • It re-creates real-life situations. Learners can explore the information themselves rather than being told what to do. They can visualize what it means to succeed.

However, can Virtual Reality truly replace on-the-job experience? It is highly believed that employees learn most effectively through hands-on practice.

So, the question is, is Virtual Reality truly capable of replicating these real-life situations in such a way that it will significantly impact knowledge retention?


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