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Simulation Components

By Bryant Nielson, Managing Director On February 28, 2011 NO COMMENTS

Now that you’ve decided to use simulations in training interventions, let’s look at some of the components of successful simulations

As we’ve discussed, a simulation can take many forms, from real-life case studies to an engine failure on a passenger jet. But no matter what the topic, a simulation will be effective if it makes use of several important components. Let’s examine those components step-by-step so that you can build effective simulations for any group or desired outcome.

First, and possibly most obvious, a simulation must be realistic. Many times, we want to accept a case study or role-play during training as a simulation. But the key aspect we want to examine is the realism of the simulation, something that is sometimes lost in cases and role-plays. A simulation must make use of current external and internal forces that will act on any decision made in real life. In fact, each simulation for each group and for each time period probably needs to be different. Are the needs of your organization the same as they were six months or a year ago? They probably are not, so your simulations should match. Be as realistic as possible in order to create the real world in a simulated and controlled environment.

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Simulations in Online Learning

By Bryant Nielson, Managing Director On February 21, 2011 NO COMMENTS

Simulations are also useful in online learning. Let’s look at some ways to use simulation concepts with virtual training.

Training has come a long way since the existence of only classrooms and on-the-job interventions. Online learning has changed the way we impart knowledge to participants all over the world, but it has also created some unique problems. A simulation can be part of your online learning program, so let’s discuss how you can do this without running into the issues that online learning may create.

Online learning is highly effective in so many situations, especially if your target audience is spread over a wide geography. But online learning can also have the effect of putting learners out there completely alone, with no interaction with fellow learners or the facilitators. In some cases this is fine, but in some cases a simulation would be an excellent way to go against the norm of isolating learners.

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Benefits of Using Simulations

By Bryant Nielson, Managing Director On February 14, 2011 NO COMMENTS

We’ve discussed some good reasons to implement simulations in your organization. Let’s take a look at the distinct advantages of simulations over other types of training interventions.

When you take the time to consider the methods for implementing a simulation, such as online, written, gaming, group participation, or individual, it’s easy to see that simulations can fit with any type of program. But it’s also a good idea to think about the specific benefits and advantages of simulations, especially if you are going to have to justify an increase in cost or time for an overall training program.

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Using Simulations in Corporate Training

By Bryant Nielson, Managing Director On February 7, 2011 NO COMMENTS

In this series of articles, we will look at the use of simulations in effective training interventions. First, let’s find out why an organization would want to use simulations in its training program.

In the past, the mention of training simulations brought pictures of high-tech cockpit mock-ups and controlled burning buildings to mind. But in today’s environment, a training simulation can occur in a classroom or online with just about any line of professionals. We know that simulations in highly technical or dangerous situations are necessities, but why should we consider using simulations in various aspects of business training, such as strategy, operations, or even leadership? The answers are fairly simple, so in this series we will discuss simulations and how you can effectively implement them in your organizations.

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