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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Simulations for Learning

 

Posted on Tue, 03/10/2017 - 09:08

The debate about which is better – regular e-learning or learning through simulations - has been ongoing for quite some time now. While both sides have their arguments, both pro and con, a clear winner is yet to emerge. Both have their set of advantages and disadvantages. Organizations need to choose the mode of learning they feel will best suit their needs to meet the organizational objectives.

Here are some advantages and disadvantages of learning simulations that can help you reach a decision.

Advantages of learning simulations

Using Simulations for Learning

Advantages of learning simulations

One of the primary reasons behind organizations considering using learning simulations, in the past few years, has been its user-friendly interface. Simulations mimic the real world environment. It makes the learner feel at ‘home’. He or she can practice without any fear of causing actual damage. If the learner fails, he can try any number of times until he succeeds. Learning from one’s mistakes is one of the best ways to retain knowledge.

#2: It allows organizations to make accurate forecasts

The difference between a highly successful and a not so successful organization lies in the accuracy of their forecasts. While situational forecasts were difficult to make earlier on, learning simulations have allowed companies to make accurate forecasts, based on the possible situations or outcomes. Improved forecasting increases efficiency, maximizes productivity, and enables revenue projections to be made that are consistent with actual results.

#3: It can be used for all levels of employees

Be it novices, middle level or higher management, learning simulations can be customized to suit the needs of all learners. Thus, it is gradually gaining popularity and becoming a one-stop solution for learning within an organization.

Other advantages of learning simulations, include lower costs than the traditional methods, and an innovative approach which enhances the company’s standing.

Disadvantages of learning simulations

 

#1: There is always scope for error

No matter how accurate the learning simulation is, there is always some scope for error and doubts when it comes to the re-creation of real life scenarios. Real life situations can have an unlimited number of options and not all of them can be reproduced in learning simulations. 

#2: Maintenance and update can be costly

The greatest drawback of using any technology is the speed at which it gets outdated and the cost involved in updating the technology. Learning simulations are no different in this aspect. In order to keep them as relevant as possible, learning simulations require regular updates and maintenance based on the changing trends in the industry.

#3: Requires proper handling and training

The more we lean towards technology, the higher is the need within organizations to train people who can handle these technologies to their best use. Learning simulations, for their proper maintenance and usage, require people who are well trained and equipped to handle all related aspects. This training requires time and money and can be a deterrent to using learning simulations.  

At Designing Digitally, Inc., our experts use the latest technology to create immersive learning simulations for your employees.

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By Designing Digitally, Inc.