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Posted on Mon, 10/17/2016 - 11:39
There’s nothing more exciting to a learner than the instant when everything “clicks.”
That “A-ha” moment. It’s becoming more common that those moments are the result of the latest in training tools: simulation.
The positive aspects of training in a simulated, virtual arena include immediate feedback, hands-on learning, and real-life scenarios, to name just a few.
While there are myriad benefits to the virtual learning experience that is simulation training, not all simulations are created equally.
There are three elements that an effective training simulation should have.
A well-designed training simulation is worth every penny invested. It can mean the difference between a simulation that creates well-prepared employees and one that is viewed as a “fun game.” Whether the learning and development team employ a designer who works alone or an entire design team, there are important aspects to consider.
Graphics. Corporations should seek to create a realistic atmosphere. They should make use of the most up-to-date technology and ensure that learning and development budgets accommodate these tools. Present a convincing simulation with as many components of the real scenario as possible. Adding PDF files, video, and photos will also go a long way towards enhancing the experience for the learner.
Believability. The aim of using simulation in training exercises is to make the trainee have an experience that is as close as possible to the real thing. Learners will immerse themselves into this virtual reality if, corporations avoid simulations with a cheap video-game feel.
There is no wisdom in a corporation spending its entire budget on the training simulation and not taking into account the need for an individual to manage and employ the program. It’s a sure way for a high-cost investment to be completely ineffective. Manage costs in a way that allows for the hire of a facilitator, if need be. Consider finding a person who:
Is familiar enough with the program to be able to work out any problems that may come up during the training.
Is very familiar with the topic of the training. For example, if a simulation is being run for EMS, make sure the person doing the training is an EMT, or at least very proficient in the area.
Taking stock of what has been learned is vital to the learning process. Qualifying the experiences, good or bad, will encourage the transition from head-knowledge to real-life implementation. There is more than one appropriate time for reflection.
During the process. One of the benefits of simulation training is the ability to receive immediate feedback. Trainees should have the option to stop during an activity and think through their response and/or action. They can then choose to change course and make a different decision or carry on in the direction they were headed.
At the end of the exercise. It is always necessary, in any learning experience, to look back over what has been done and assess performance. Wrap-up is imperative. The real learning happens in the reflection and assessment.
Simulation training is incredibly effective when some important considerations are made. Corporations that spend a little extra time and money to include these components will find the effort worthwhile. The ripple effect of well-trained and prepared workers will go on indefinitely, helping corporations improve productivity and their bottom lines.
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By Designing Digitally, Inc.