608 Leveraging Virtual Reality Simulations for Leadership Development
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Wednesday, March 27
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
Business Development Associate
Anna Strasshofer is a business development associate at Mursion. She is a recent MBA graduate from the Rollins College Crummer Business School and leads projects on the market research and efficacy of simulation-based learning for multinational organizations. With a background in hospitality and restaurant management, Anna joined Mursion in 2017 because she believes that large organizations need better digital tools that give young professionals opportunities to learn from mistakes safely and become better leaders.
Executive Director of Educational Programs and Research
Carrie Straub is the executive director of educational programs and research at Mursion, where she is responsible for leading the design of immersive learning among more than 80 partners. Carrie, a PhD, provides guidance and consultation to researchers and educators about how to best leverage VR simulations to elevate soft skills for high-stakes professions. Previously, she was research director for TeachLivE, the project that originally developed and tested the core technology utilized by Mursion. In that capacity, she planned and directed activities for a national research study to discover whether practice in VR produced measurable changes in performance.
Learning & Performance Consultant
Sherry Robinson is a learning & performance consultant with Nationwide. She designs and develops learning solutions to support the claims organization, focusing on instructor-led training, learning cohorts, and other solutions as needed. For more than 18 years, Sherry trained people on selling skills and leadership. She is now applying her expertise in the insurance industry. Sherry is a graduate of Howard University and has a degree in political science. She also holds a master's in practical theology from Ohio Christian University.