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There are several reasons for using employee learning simulations. Simulations provide experiential learning that keeps the learners engaged. As a result, they are 80% more likely to retain information. The real-world experience helps them connect and empathize with the content. And it also helps that there is no risk involved even in risky job profiles.
Here are the top six elements that you can add to your next employee learning simulation to ensure that it is effective.
Every day in the workforce your learners will face problems that they will need to resolve. They need to be equipped to handle such situations and overcome the challenges. The simulations should include realistic challenges that they will face in their job role. This ties into their actual experience and allows your learners to hone their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Make sure that you have done thorough research to identify the problems that they will deal with on a regular basis.
Since simulations mimic real-life, your learners will get a taste of what it feels to be in the middle of all action minus the risk associated with it. Your plot design should test their knowledge and skills under pressure. For example, you can create a situation where your employees need to deal with a difficult client or provide relief after a natural disaster to ensure business continuity. These situations help them build important experience and skills.
The learning simulation characters must resonate with the learners. That way, the learners can connect with them at an emotional level. It is a good idea to create customer personas based on the different attitudes and personas that the learners will face within their job. This will boost their confidence prior to starting to deal with real-life customers.
Immersive media ensures that your simulation is dynamic. The better the images, sounds, and videos, the more realistic the simulation will be. When the media is engaging, your learners are more likely to retain information.
When learners receive instant feedback, they recognize their strengths and weaknesses. Your feedback should be personalized to help them identify their gaps and know what is needed for improvement. When you show the learners where they went wrong and are penalized, it helps them flag identify areas to revisit and connect a consequence with their action. That way, they do not make the same mistakes at work.
Some learners may need more information even after they complete the learning simulation. The best way to offer them more information is through additional resource links. It can be whitepapers, videos, infographics, and so on. The learners can go through the reading in their free time.
The initial cost of producing simulations may be high. But this kind of training is highly effective, engaging and encouraging. Learners can learn on their own pace and the software can be used numerous times.
At Designing Digitally, Inc., our cutting-edge simulations add more depth and breadth to your business training programs. They help prepare your employees for multiple situations that they may face unexpectedly in their real life. We have over a decade of experience creating these business simulations for corporate education. Our skills and tools ensure that your employees are trained using the latest technologies and best practices.