Soft-skills Simulations: A Road Map for Success

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DevLearn 2012 Conference & Expo - November 1, 2012

Chris Ayers

President and CEO
Yukon Learning

Marvin Mullins

Project Manager

Soft-skills simulations are a great way to reinforce learning and have proven effective in increasing learning transfer from learning event to the workplace. But while many organizations would like to add simulations to their eLearning arsenal, not everyone is familiar or comfortable with the tools and processes for design, development, and delivery of a simulation. Some common barriers to starting a simulation project include a lack of knowledge of how to develop a simulation, what tools to use, and a belief that simulations are too expensive to produce.

Session participants will examine topics such as user-interface design, script writing, use of video characters, delayed and consequential feedback, and simulation scoring and assessment. You’ll peek “under the hood” to see how Articulate Storyline made simulation authoring both efficient and effective. You’ll leave the session with a road map for building your own soft-skills simulations that are engaging for your learners while being cost-effective for your budgets. You’ll get a checklist for selecting your first simulation project and will learn best practices for piloting and refining simulations before deploying them to your learners.

In this session, you will learn:

  • What makes soft-skills simulations engaging and effective
  • A process for building soft-skills simulations
  • The C3 model for assuring your simulation is on target
  • Steps to writing effective scenarios
  • Effective ways to give learners feedback
  • Criteria for selecting a good pilot simulation project

Audience: Novice-to-advanced designers, developers, project managers, and managers. No previous knowledge or skill required.


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