The Benefits of Simulated Learning and Examples of How it Can Be Used

Designing Digitally

08/14/2019

The Benefits of Simulated Learning and Examples of How it Can Be Used

#1: Boosts employee confidence

Simulation-based training modules aid your millennial employees in learning through application. It creates a risk-free environment that replicates real life. It can be more effective when paired with other learning methods like in-class training, coaching sessions, assessments, and so on.

Let’s glance through four benefits of using simulated training for your learning needs. 

In a simulated environment, learners are not afraid of causing real-world damage. They can experiment and explore their choices fully. The risk-free environment acts as a perfect pad for building their skills and expanding their knowledge base. As a result, they can perform tasks confidently. Another aspect is that confident employees are happier ones and they tend to be more productive. They are more loyal too.

#2: Offers instant feedback

In training simulations, your learners are not only evaluated through periodic assessments; in fact, the entire activity is an evaluation. When your employee makes an error, he receives immediate feedback. That way, incorrect actions are met with contextual feedback that provides a learn-by-doing opportunity. This in-line feedback allows learners to know what went wrong and with the opportunity to self-correct immediately.

#3: Improves knowledge retention

Employees will always remember the fun experience you offer them in training. If the course is interactive, they will develop a sense of ownership of the task which will lead to them remembering the concepts better. When the time comes for application, they will be able to recall and perform. Memorable lessons become a tool in the learner’s toolkit, expanding their capacity to deal with challenges that warrant use of their new skills or knowledge throughout their careers.

#4: Allows ample scope to practice

Practice makes perfect. Online simulations allow your employees to practice as many times as necessary. Repetition is the key to mastery and simulations are the best tool for that job. With simulations, the learners can also explore different decision paths, adding variety to their practice. If one path does not lead to a favorable outcome, they can try a different one to see if that is a better choice. These alternate paths prepare learners to expertly handle the unconventional situations that real work will undoubtedly present.

Here are some real examples that illustrate how powerful simulated learning can be. 

  • The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) encourages its surgeons to train for the complex Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting procedure through simulations. They have created a web-based solution that features the actual footage of the surgery, using a head-mounted camera. The video covers a series of surgical procedures that serve as a reference point for learners. The learning simulation includes 2D and 3D technology. In it, there is a Show Me option that allows the learners to view each step in detail. There is also a Try Me option that lets them select the right tools to perform the surgery. There are several guided hints that help provide them instant feedback and guide them to resolve their mistakes.  

  • The United States Army is a huge fan of simulated training. Starting from basic training to active duty, the soldiers are made to go through simulated and real environments. Military simulations help bridge the gap between face-to-face instruction and real-life experience. They aim at developing muscle memory so that the soldiers are able to decide on a course of action during emergencies and reducing the occurrence of common combat errors.  

  • The Virtual Reality House provides trainees like plumbers and electricians a virtual sandbox to practice their skills. They can make mistakes and build their confidence by correcting them. The simulations are paired with practical training workshops. The simulations are customized based on the needs of the target audience. The complexity of the scenarios can be altered depending on the skill level of the learners. They can decide their own learning path and test solutions without any fear of causing real-world damage. 

Designing Digitally, Inc. has created several training simulations for clients in multiple industries. For one of our clients, P&G, we created the Quality Program Health Assessment Simulation which simulated a plant that was planning to release a new product. The learners were asked to explore as if they were conducting an assessment on the site. They had to visit different sections of the plant - research labs, loading docks, production lines, and so on. After completing the simulation, they had to write a full QPHA assessment report for the plant.  

At Designing Digitally, Inc. we’ve have been creating 2D and 3D simulations for decades. We approach each simulated training experience with a learner-centric perspective. We ensure that the tasks presented to the learners are effective, immersive, and allow for consequences to happen within the simulation and not on the job. 

Simulations create a positive environment that inspires experimenting. It improves learning and encourages your audience to accept their mistakes and learn from them. If your company can benefit from these advantages and wants to learn more about implementing a simulated learning approach, contact us today to talk to one of our team members!

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