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Corporations are gradually realizing the training potential of simulations. Corporate training simulations are specialized programs that help your employees to learn and practice real-world activities in a risk-free and controlled environment. Simulations are being used in product, compliance, customer service, and software training. Organizations are embracing simulation training and the growth potential is enormous.
Best Practices for Developing Corporate Training Simulations
The first step is to identify the learning needs. You need to decide on the skills and knowledge that need to be imparted. For example, you may wish to train the operations workforce on how they can handle a crane and the safety hazards involved in the job. For this, you need to create a simulation that will need to mimic the real work environment of the crane operator. The employee should be able to practice all the steps that are a normal part of the job role. Employees should be allowed to make mistakes and learn from it. Only then, will they be able to transfer the skill learned to their actual job.
The attention span of learners is limited. As a result, the simulations need to be precise and to the point. If it is not digestible, the learner will lose interest and the entire purpose is lost. Also, employees are already busy in their job role. They may not be too keen to sit through an hour-long simulation session. Consider breaking it into chunks so that the learners do not need to spend too much time at one sitting. You should also consider allowing them to choose the order of the modules and topics as per their convenience.
Simulations need to mirror the real-world and thus need to be realistic enough for the learner to relate to the content. But, if you make it too complicated, you may lose the learner’s interest due to frustration. Conduct a task analysis on what exactly you want the learners to do. Once you have that determined, you can decide on how to simplify it, and yet keep it realistic.
Feedback is crucial. You need to provide feedback to your learners immediately if you want it to work. That way, they will learn better and make fewer mistakes.
You need to choose the right tool to create your training simulation. It does not matter if you are creating the simulation in-house or you are hiring a highly experienced custom learning development partner. You will need to choose a tool that saves time and has the ability to scale up. The budget is an additional consideration.
At Designing Digitally, Inc. we create realistic training simulations that can help your employees to learn skills and procedures that improve on-the-job performance. Improved performance leads to increased productivity and higher profits. Contact us today to consult on your training needs so that you can deliver results-oriented training to your workforce.