Virtual world training
Linden Research's virtual reality world Second Life provides a "low-cost, compelling and extremely interesting environment to conduct enterprise training," according to Nov Omana, chairman of the board of the International Association for Human Resource Information Management. Omana, who is also founder and CEO of the Collective HR Solutions consultancy, prefers the use of virtual reality to instructor-led, classroom-based study for critical lessons such as team building, business continuity, and disaster recovery.
"We can build a virtual environment, show it on fire, and have everyone assume an avatar representing their roles to test procedures," Omana says. Doing these drills virtually saves having to close off buildings, fly workers in to one location, and maneuver around other people. "Avatars can follow a right and wrong path, so users can learn the consequences of their decisions. Also, they can replay their actions to try different decisions," he says. "Experiential training teaches users to find the right combinations."
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