811 Using Immersive Simulations to Develop Real-world Skills

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Friday, November 18

Instructional Design


Simulations can provide learners with safe environments in which to learn how to use new skills through practice and failure. When done well, they give people the opportunity to get things wrong and learn from that experience in a way that has little to no risk involved. They can also be deeply immersive, replicating the actual experience of doing something in a realistic and engaging way. Because of this, they can be incredibly effective tools for learning. But how do you create simulations on your own, particularly if you’re on a tight budget?

In this session, you’ll explore both the learning theory and practical application that you’ll need to start designing simulations that build workplace skills. You’ll learn how to apply game design techniques and architectures to learning, as well as how they can contribute to your learning goals. You’ll also discuss examples of real simulations that are used in the workplace now and look at ideas of where simulations may go in the future to increase their effectiveness.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to design immersive and engaging simulations
  • How applying aspects of game design can make your simulations more effective
  • About low-cost technologies that are available to help you create simulations yourself
  • How to address the challenges of delivering simulations on mobile devices
  • How to design simulations for an audience that has limited time available for learning

Novice and intermediate designers and developers.

Technology discussed in this session:
Browser-based simulations, Unity 3D, augmented reality, virtual reality, Oculus Rift, and Microsoft HoloLens.

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Keith Quinn

Learning Technologies Manager

Scottish Social Services Council

Keith Quinn, the learning technologies manager for the Scottish Social Services Council, has 30 years’ experience in the social-service sector, with 25 of those years spent in learning and development. Throughout his time at the Scottish Social Services Council, Keith has taken on the lead role for the development and implementation of technology-enhanced learning solutions to support workforce development. He has won a number of awards for this work—the Microsoft Prize for eLearning (at the University of Ulster), the Guardian Public Service Award for Innovation, and most recently a Create in Fife Innovation award for an SSSC project to develop mobile-learning resources. His work has also been featured in case studies developed and promoted by the Adobe Corporation.

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