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The 3 best authoring tools for virtual reality development

Virtual reality (VR) is our last attempt to create a simulated reality that allows the user to feel and experience an environment without actually being there. Virtual reality offers an immersive learning experience, and it is not as expensive as you think: there are many authoring tools that allow the rapid development of virtual reality courses.

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Why does eLearning need virtual reality?

Virtual reality in online training is not just another technology fad. On the contrary, more and more organizations are trying to adopt virtual reality-based online training. According to market studies [1]The global virtual reality market is expected to reach $ 26.89 billion by 2022.

After all, for a long time, one of the many problems with eLearning was a lack of hands-on experience, and virtual reality courses will fix that. [2]. To top it off, an immersive learning experience will engage students' senses, emotions, and cognitive functions, enhancing the ability to capture and retain information.

If virtual reality is really capable of doing so much, why are L&D professionals still skeptical and not jump on the bandwagon? Well … there are still a lot of myths and misinformation surrounding it. Most people think that virtual reality is not really necessary and traditional eLearning courses are fine as they are. Still others believe virtual reality is too complex to develop and expensive to scale.

While it is true that you will not need VR for every training requirement, you cannot deny its benefits while training students with high risk jobs. A VR training conducted by Yale University for surgical residents on performing gallbladder dissection concluded that VR-trained residents performed 29% faster and are 6 times less likely to make mistakes [3].

As for the complexity and expense in developing virtual reality courses, you shouldn't worry. All modern authoring tools are capable of rapidly developing eLearning content using VR. Here are 3 popular quick-authoring tools for developing virtual reality-based eLearning courses.

1. Adobe Captivate 2019

Among the most popular quick create tools in the industry [4]Adobe Captivate has always been a great favorite. You're always one step ahead of other fast-authoring tools with features that help you embrace new-age learning strategies. [5]. And with its 2019 update, it has become one of the pioneering authoring tools that provide VR as a primary feature for rapid eLearning development.

The virtual reality project is part of Captivate's 360-degree learning feature [6]. Contrary to popular opinion, it doesn't need any kind of coding or plugins. All developers need to do is import 360-degree images and videos and add interactivities. Interactivities include multiple access points that trigger audio, quizzes (multiple choice and true / false), text, or transition to the next scene. As for 360 degree images and videos, Adobe Captivate offers stock multimedia assets.

Virtual reality courses can be published in HTML5 for web browsers as well as on virtual reality devices. Captivate supports many VR devices with customization, but works best with Samsung Gear VR and Goggle Daydream VR.

2. CenarioVR Reader

CenarioVR is a dedicated virtual reality rapid authoring tool that comes as part of the Trivantis Suite [7]. It is a SAS-based online tool that requires no download or installation and has an extremely low learning curve.

Enables the creation of immersive scenario-based learning to deliver a real-life experience to students. It is the perfect solution to train students on situational awareness.

Rapid eLearning development with CenarioVR is extremely easy and hassle-free [8]. All developers need to do is record images and videos (in JPG, PNG, or MP4 formats) using 360-degree cameras like Yi 360, Samsung Gear 360, Kodak PixPro, and Ricoh Theta SC and import them into the online tool. CenarioVR allows multiple interactivities such as access points (visual and audio), questionnaires and information cards.

One of the main advantages of Lectora CenarioVR over other virtual reality creation tools is that it allows publication in multiple formats, including:

  • HTML5 to host on a website or play through any web browser
  • xAPI, SCORM [9] (1.2 and 2004) and cmi5 for LRS and LMS

CenarioVR also allows you to host online virtual reality courses that can be accessed through CenarioVR Live and its native mobile application. The best part of online hosting is its built-in analytics tool that tracks and generates detailed reports of learning activities.

CenarioVR is also compatible with a range of virtual reality gears such as Oculus Go, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive Focus, Samsung Gear VR, Pico G2 and G24K and cardboard headsets.

3. Modest3D Xplorer

Xplorer is another quick creation software that helps develop virtual reality courses and applications, without coding. It is part of the Modest3D software package that requires a license to access [10].

It has an intuitive slide-based interface and a wealth of built-in functionality, including custom animations, to enable rapid development of virtual reality-based eLearning courses.

Xplorer can create immersive learning experiences with drawing tools, X-ray view, animations, 3D labels, and hotspots. It allows cross-platform access through VR headsets, mobile applications, PCs and other iOS and Android platforms. Xplorer is the best choice among fast authoring tools when you need to create virtual classrooms and virtual experiences.


So whether you have an experimental training strategy or not, you can't deny the benefits of immersive learning. Rapidly developing VR eLearning can be a bit tricky and expensive compared to traditional interactive eLearning. However, it is essential in many fields, such as the training of surgeons and engineers who operate high-end machinery. Most of these quick eLearning authoring tools with virtual reality capabilities come with free trial offers. So give them a try, get your subscription, and start giving your students a truly immersive learning experience.

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[1] The virtual reality (VR) market will report impressive growth, revenue will rise to $ 26.89 billion by 2022

[2] AR and VR in eLearning: how far and how real?

[3] Virtual reality training improves operating room performance results from a randomized, double-blind study

[4] 4 popular authoring tools to facilitate the conversion of Flash e-learning to HTML5

[5] ELearning design and the & # 39; correct & # 39; brain

[6] Virtual reality feature in Adobe Captivate 2019

[7] Experience virtual reality: virtual reality training and virtual reality creation software

[8] Looking for Rapid VR in eLearning? 5 ways CenarioVR makes it possible

[9] AICC, SCORM and Tin Can: Do you know what they are?



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