Department of Business Development and Technology

A systematic review of immersive virtual reality for industrial skills training

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Virtual reality (VR) provides the capability to train individuals to deal with complex tasks by immersing them in a safe and controlled virtual environment. Immersive VR (IVR) training is adopted in many diverse settings but still little systematic work currently exists on how researchers have applied it for industrial skills training and if it holds the potential to be applied remotely. In this review, 78 representative studies were analysed with the aim of answering three key questions: Is IVR an effective training method for industrial skills training? How is research in this field applied? And how can we make IVR training more effective and applicable for remote training? We can testify that IVR is a promising training method with high effectiveness scores. However, our analysis has uncovered several gaps in the application of IVR training, like the lack of learning theories in the design process and limited metrics beyond time and scores. Additionally, our review also exposed unexplored but intriguing avenues of research, like the utilisation of biosensors for users’ data collection, haptics that increases realism and applications with remote training potential.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBehaviour and Information Technology
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

    Research areas

  • Immersive virtual reality, Literature review

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