Leveraging Virtual Reality Simulations for Leadership Development

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Learning Solutions Conference & Expo 2019 - March 27, 2019

Sherry Robinson

Learning & Performance Consultant
Nationwide Insurance

Anna Strasshofer

Business Development Associate

Carrie Straub

Executive Director of Educational Programs and Research

In the 2018 LinkedIn Workplace Learning Report, employers reported leadership, communication, and collaboration as the most crucial skills to learn from L&D programs. Yet when it comes to developing these complex skills, many current offerings may teach what to do but lack opportunities to practice and apply them. Learners may try games, role-plays, or pre-recorded simulations, but are you truly moving the needle on performance? In light of shrinking budgets, limited time, and lack of effectiveness, how can you demonstrate impactful gains at scale?

Virtual reality (VR) simulations solve the three most compelling training problems: cost, consistency, and measurable impact. In this session, you will explore how the emerging field of VR is being used in leadership development and discover how learning leaders use VR to realize cost savings. You will find out how Nationwide Insurance is using VR simulations to create highly impactful leadership development programs at an accelerated pace with learners who are distributed across the globe. You’ll hear about the latest research in VR from a leading researcher and experience an immersive, realistic learning event in 2-D VR without leaving the room.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Why VR solves the three most compelling training problems—cost, consistency, and impact
  • How role-playing with virtual avatars can modify behavior to drive performance results
  • About the latest research in VR models for learning used by industry leaders
  • How to apply this technology to leadership development and see how it can be easily customized to your workplace, using a case study from Nationwide as an example


Designers, managers, and senior leaders (directors, VP, CLO, executive, etc.)

Technology discussed in this session:

Mursion’s software application


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