The Immersive training is a type of learning that uses virtual reality, augmented reality, or mixed reality to create virtual environments that allow learners to interact with real or fictional situations and scenarios. Increased retention and transfer of knowledge, reduced costs, and the ability to practice skills without risk or physical limitations are some of the many benefits of this form of training.
However, for the immersive training to be effective, participants must develop and apply appropriate social and communication skills to interact with instructors, peers, virtual characters, and with themselves. Social Skills are a set of abilities that allow us to execute learned behaviors that meet our interpersonal communication needs and respond effectively to the demands and demands of situations.
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Some of the Most Crucial Communication and Social Skills for the Immersive Training Include:
Active listening: it implies showing interest and understanding, paying full attention to the message that the sender transmits to us and giving verbal and non-verbal feedback. This ability helps us to capture important information, avoid misunderstandings and establish a relationship of respect and trust with the interlocutor.
Assertiveness: refers to the ability to express our thoughts, feelings and opinions in a clear, direct and respectful way, without attacking or submitting to others. This ability allows us to defend our rights and interests, negotiate satisfactory solutions, and manage conflicts constructively.
Empathy: is the ability to put yourself in another’s place, understand their needs, emotions and points of view and act accordingly. This ability allows us to establish an emotional connection with the other, recognize our diversity and provide mutual support.
Feedback: It is the process of giving and receiving information about the performance or behavior of a person or a group to improve or reinforce the positive aspects and correct or modify the negative aspects. This ability allows us to evaluate our progress, identify our achievements and areas for improvement, and direct our learning towards the objectives we desire.
Self-esteem: is the set of perceptions, evaluations and feelings that we have about ourselves, which influence how we behave and act. This ability helps us value ourselves positively, trust our abilities and potential, accept our mistakes and limitations, and face challenges with confidence and optimism.
To improve these social and communication social skills, practical exercises can be carried out that involve interacting with other participants or virtual characters in fictitious or real situations related to the topic of the training. Some examples include:
Role-playing: it is the act of assuming a role or character and interpreting it in a specific situation, following some guidelines or a previous script. Depending on the assigned role, this strategy allows practicing different forms of communication and social behavior, as well as experiencing the consequences of their own actions and the reactions of others.
Cooperative Games: These are games in which people work together to achieve a common goal. These games encourage creativity, teamwork, coordination, communication, problem solving, and problem solving.
Simulations: are simplified representations of real or fictitious situations that involve decision-making and the execution of actions based on the conditions and the established objectives. These simulations allow you to recreate complex and dynamic scenarios that require the use of social and communication skills to adapt to changes and achieve the desired results.
In the 21st century, the immersive training provides an opportunity to improve and develop communication and social skills, which are essential for personal and professional success. It is essential to make the most of the opportunities offered by this learning modality, using the appropriate tools and resources, and following quality norms and standards that ensure its effectiveness and safety.
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