In my previous blog, I have discussed how avatars, scenarios and process tables can be used to explain the performance management, roles and responsibilities of employees in the performance management process and performance management lifecycle. In this blog, we will see how simulations and games can help you teach performance management courses effectively.
Simulations are an imitation of real-life situations or processes. If you are implementing a major software rollout, you could consider using eLearning courses with simulations as they are the best way to train learners to use software applications. They provide opportunities to engage learners as they get to learn in an interactive environment that is similar to the actual software. Transfer of knowledge to the actual job tasks becomes easier and efficient.
So, how to teach with simulations?
As we know, performance management has now become a tool-based or system-based process. Organizations are now depending on software like SAP, Oracle manager, etc. So how do you train your managers and employers on these software? Here, first the learner is given an overview of the application that needs to be explained, such as how to login in to the software, steps to create a goal and all similar issues. This is popularly called the WATCH step. Next, in the TRY step, he can participate in the process in which he is expected to apply the instructions he has just learnt. He is guided with pop-ups and hints at every stage prompting him about the next step in the operation or process. In the final DO step, the learner does not have any prompts and needs to apply the knowledge that he has acquired; he has to remember the steps and do them on his own.
5) Gamification of eLearning
Game-based elements help motivate learners. In his book titled “The Gamification of Learning and Instruction”, Karl Kapp argues that gamification involves creating a situation where a player engages in a challenge and uses interactivity and dynamic feedback to make decisions and work towards a specific outcome.
So, how to teach with games?
In eLearning, course assessments can be made interactive with games. We have used a number of games like the bowling alley game, football, golf, crosswords and hangman in performance management courses.
It is a commonly known fact that every organization conducts yearly employee reviews. These reviews take place mostly at the end of a fiscal year. One of our clients approached us to design a course on mid-year reviews for their employees.
To explain these benefits better our strategy was to show a relatable and effective example, which appeals to a global audience. Hence, we decided to draw an analogy of the mid-year review to the half time in a soccer match. Soccer describes strategizing and implementing those strategies to attain a win – win situation both for the individual and the team and in this case, the employee and the organization.
This is how 5 best instructional strategies can make you say “WOW” for a performance management eLearning course. Thanks to the new and powerful authoring tools like Articulate Storyline, Flash and Adobe Captivate that help develop instructionally rich eLearning courses. E-learning has become a useful alternative for companies who need to reach their geographically widespread employees in limited time.
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