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513 Designing for Virtual Reality

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Thursday, April 13

Tracks: AR & VR

Immersive learning is a powerful tool that can help your team achieve learning goals in a meaningful and hands-on way. But within the L&D field, there’s a lot of misunderstanding about what exactly VR can do and how it can be implemented. This can make it challenging to get everyone at your organization, or even just your team, on board with what you need to know to make a successful immersive learning program. Discover the key drivers of a successful VR strategy and learn how to build a plan to launch effective VR learning programs in your organization.

In this session I will provide information for creating a virtual reality pilot project as the stepping stone to an enterprise immersive learning hybrid strategy. This will cover the steps to design and build a virtual reality-based learning experience (LXP) for training employees as part of a company-wide emphasis on safety and accident prevention. We will start with the RFP and continue through the pilot, covering milestones along the way. I’ll have examples of storyboards, how to work with SMEs and internal teams (IT, legal, HR, etc.), checkpoints, preparing the environment, the pilot, and performance changes after the LXP. I am using an actual project that I worked on and will also share checklists, and videos, and, if possible, showcase the project in a VR headset.

In this session you will learn:

  • How to measure the success of VR
  • To identify key players and successfully work with them on an VR project
  • Why launching a pilot is a great way to get started
  • How to make the case for VR in L&D

Technology discussed:

Virtual reality, project management tools, storyboard tools

Debbie Richards


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Debbie Richards is a learning architect, self-proclaimed geek, and early adopter of learning technologies. A learning architect ensures a clear vision with a clearly defined roadmap, bringing together tools, platforms, and content into a form that is easy to use, scales, and delivers a great user experience. Passionate about working with and mentoring other talent development professionals, Debbie is the past president of the ATD Houston chapter and a past national advisor for chapters. She is the author of Seeing the Possibilities With Augmented Reality, an ATD TD at Work publication, and is a Guild Master.