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Masters in the Making
By Taylor Bell
In a world where mass shootings are, sadly, all too common, Neilda
In 2019 alone, there have been over 200 mass shootings in the U.S. according to the Gun Violence Archive. Although there might not be a way to stop these mass shootings,
The USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy graduate student created the Virtual Reality Active Shooter Response Training App. It's a resource targeted at businesses and employees that simulates the environment of an active shooter at an office building, work station, cafeteria and other places you might imagine. All you need is an Oculus Go device to download the app and get started.
It includes activities and simulations such
"At MindGlow, we asked ourselves, how might we prepare people for crisis and emergencies in an engaging way that promotes behavior change?
For many businesses, active shooter workshops and online-training courses might be costly, time-consuming and not impactful.
According to a recent study, VR-based training is more effective at increasing retention than traditional desktop-based training. In fact, companies like Walmart have already incorporated VR into employee training programs.
"We designed the VR experience to create a behavior change and instinct to react quickly when it happens in real life,
"I must have gone to hundreds of VR events, meetups, and classes throughout the years,
Recently, the 31-year-old and her company received some much needed financial support. At the beginning of this year, MindGlow became a Boost VC-backed company. In addition,
For MindGlow, that means launching its Active Shooter Response online course. Topics will include: highlighting workplace violence, recognizing active shooter red flags, cultivating situational awareness, understanding the freeze response, and teaching survival mindsets.
"Knowledge is power,"