Creating VR content for teaching operations management

This whitepaper guides practitioners and academics in creating Virtual Reality (VR) teaching content for operations management education and training. The focus is on creating non-real-time VR content from manufacturing sites. At ETH Zurich, the Chair of Production and Operations Management led by Prof. Torbjørn Netland has taught operations management with such VR technologies since 2017. In this whitepaper, we first briefly introduce VR’s potential for teaching operations management. Second, we provide advice for the selection of appropriate hardware and software. Third, we propose a systematic method for deciding locations for shooting VR content in manufacturing facilities and give tips for effective on-site filming. A case study of the Hilti Corporation provides an illustrative example of a VR teaching app developed at ETH Zurich using commercial VR software. This app is used both (1) for teaching at the university and (2) for training in the company. Finally, possible use cases for VR-based teaching in manufacturing are elaborated. We see great opportunities for VR in the future of business education.

Creating VR content for teaching operations management