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110 Avoid Death by PowerPoint via Simple Software Simulations

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Wednesday, October 29

Instructional Design

Tower 3

How can you make computer application training interesting and effective for your learners? Software simulations can be an effective way to train employees on new applications. However, creating complex simulations is expensive and time consuming. Simplistic simulations are often ineffective, resulting in boring eLearning (often referred to as death by PowerPoint).

 In this session participants will learn tips and tricks that can be used to make software simulations much more effective and less time-consuming for the developer. You will explore the value of learner-centric workflow analysis, storyboarding, character development, interactions, and much more.

 In this session, you will learn:

  • About learner-centric workflow, a development approach to creating engaging software simulations
  • Key SME questions
  • How to use simple scenarios via storyboarding and character development
  • Alternatives to tracking completions

Novice to advanced designers, developers, project managers, and managers.

Technology discussed in this session:

Sara Dickens

Sr. Systems Training Specialist

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Sara Dickens is a senior systems training specialist at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. She is an expert in the field of eLearning, with experience at St. Jude Medical, Princess Cruises, Northrop Grumman, and Presbyterian Healthcare. Sara holds degrees in both computer science (3-D) and ISD.

Mike Bray

Senior System Training Specialist

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Mike Bray, a senior system training specialist with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, earned a degree in business management at Pepperdine University while working full-time as an instructional designer and eLearning developer. For the past 25 years Mike has continued to build learning products and systems for Unocal, CB Richard Ellis, and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

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