Six Useful Tips on Designing Simulations for eLearning

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Six Useful Tips on Designing Simulations for eLearning

Simulated e-learning solutions are catching on. These solutions provide the learners a chance to practice their skills in a risk-free, real-world environment. They can make as many mistakes as they want to, without affecting the business. In simulated e-learning, the learners are provided several opportunities to learn by doing. They are given the freedom of correcting their mistakes and then moving on to attain the end goal.

Unlike traditional classroom lectures, simulated training scores better in terms of learner engagement. Also, they have the option of setting the pace of the learning based on their temperament. In the long run, using simulations for e-learning turns out to be cost effective since it can be distributed widely. So it’s a win-win situation for all!

Here are a few tips that designers may want to keep in mind while designing e-learning simulations.

Tip #1: Keep it relevant
Keep the visuals and the situation relevant and familiar for the learners to identify with. It is fine to be creative and sprinkle fun elements in scenarios. But, do not make it so abstract that learners fail to identify with it, and as a result, lose focus.

Tip #2: Make it progress oriented
Learning is usually learner-led. At least, that’s how it should be. There should be an external force that pushes the learner to take the first step and then gradually proceed. The push can be anything, for example, a time limit, or a minimum score that the learner must reach before he moves to the next level.

Tip #3: Create interesting characters
It may not seem like a big deal, but the choice of avatars available in a simulation is important for the learners. So, plan your characters well. Take time to study the learner profile and then get on the drawing board. You must provide the learners with sufficient choice and diversity in avatars. If you allow them to choose their own avatar, they will be invested in the learning. An emotional bond will allow them to connect better to the simulation.
Tip #4: Lend a helping hand
You may think that the simulation is simple, but the learner may feel differently. Therefore, always provide them with a helping hand. It is not good to assume that the learner will understand everything. They may have issues that you have not even imagined while designing the simulation. It is good to have a robust help section in the form of FAQs, tutorials, chat support, or a blend of all of these.

Tip #5: Test
All simulations need to be tested and then tested some more, and by more than one pair of eyes. You need to gather varied perspectives and implement the feedback. Document the feedback and apply it in order to refine your learning.

Designing Digitally, Inc., is a firm believer of the “learn by doing” model of training. Our designers are experts in applying game design for simulations. They have been creating simulated learning experiences for decades. These simulated learning experiences range from a complete 2D simulated software experience up to a 3D immersive experience.

Get in touch with us to develop e-learning simulations where learners get to practice in a real-world environment, without the risks involved.