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eLearning Simulation Trends for Companies

 

Posted on Tue, 30/05/2017 - 08:54

While you are preparing for your next eLearning program launch, you’re likely seeking ways to make it different, better, and more engaging. Whether it’s the addition of gamification to your modules, or greater integration with your leadership team in rolling out your initiatives, you know it’s time to make a few tweaks to your current program, in order for your organization to be successful meeting its strategic and operational goals.

Have you considered the benefits of incorporating eLearning simulation for your company’s training needs?

Elearning simulation is the process of placing users in the driver’s seat.  It puts them in what feels like a real life situation, so you can determine how they would react to various scenarios in the workplace. Not only has simulation proven to be more engaging, it has also been proven to help aid in memory retention and overall knowledge learning. Simulation provides an environment that allows for mistakes without any negative ramifications to the company’s productivity or profitability.  Employees learn the skills they need to know to be successful on-the-job.

If you are considering the integration of eLearning simulation, within your next education or training program, here are the current trends you need to know to aid you in your decision-making process.

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Trend #1

Companies are learning to better train their employees, they need to analyze and understand the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) required for every job.

Gone are the days of simply guessing how your employees would react to a situation; now, training department truly know how their employees will react.

That’s because trainers are truly putting themselves in the shoes of their employees. Trainers are working closely with management to understand the specific KSA’s required in the various positions within the company. This ensures that simulations are designed specifically to meet the needs of the business.  Trainers take the eLearning simulation programs through a test drive before deploying. With simulations, you can truly grasp and understand the KSA’s and allow your employees to react and engage with the training program to improve their knowledge, skills, and abilities to be successful on-the-job.

Trend #2

2017 is forecasted to be the year of video marketing and it’s gone far beyond external marketing.

Video training can be integrated with eLearning simulation. From training programs to social media endeavors, leadership meetings, to simulation, it’s important to use video as part of your training strategy.

Why? Because video returns higher levels of engagement and overall understanding of new concepts. Watching a video, rather than reading text on a screen will cause attention and retention rates to skyrocket.

In eLearning programs, instructions or various elements of the program can be provided through video, whether it’s an explanation of a skill that is being taught or a particular portion of the program that requires an explanation that is easy to consume and connect.

Trend #3

Companies are providing employees real time feedback.

One of the distinct advantages about using eLearning simulation, as part of a company strategy, is that you can give your employees - or ‘students’ - real time feedback.

For example, if an employee is working through a module and they make an error in judgment, real time feedback can be provided to the employee. Not only will they learn why the response was incorrect, they will be able to be shown in a simulated environment. This  leads to a greater level of understanding and improvement in the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for each position .

Trend #4

Companies are placing increased value on partnerships and relationships with key members in the organization.

Whether you are recruiting or hiring personnel, or perhaps you are working with an external vendor to build and deploy an eLearning simulation program, companies are placing greater value on partnerships and the talent acquisition process. 

AT&T, for example, uses simulation-anchored learning to help drive the vision of their company. They use simulation programs for their leadership team that help them convey new visions and management strategy. When building one particular program, AT&T realized how critical of a role simulations played. The company discovered the importance teaching through simulation.

Just like AT&T, it’s important that your company places great value in educating through engaging ways. Whether you are building a training program for leadership or in development of employees, the value of a clear and well thought through program is of the utmost importance.

As you are considering the integration of eLearning simulation programs for your business, it’s important to realize the benefits that a well strategized program can have on your business. The effective use of simulation  will not only enhance the knowledge transfer to the next generation of employees in your company, it will also foster an engaging environment today.

Do you have further questions about how you can use simulation for your company? Click here to get in touch with Designing Digitally. Our team loves eLearning simulation, and would love to chat!

By Designing Digitally, Inc.