The most common type of simulation we use in eLearning courses is the “watch-try-do” simulation. For example click here to watch a typical watch-try-do.
In the above process, you have seen that the learner is made to watch the process. Then practice it with the help of on-screen instructions and finally perform the steps on his own. This is a simple, yet effective method to train your learners on any software or processes. But adding certain design strategies, you can make such simulation-based eLearning courses more effective and engaging. Let us see some of these strategies.
One of our clients implemented new software in their organization. They wanted us to create a simulation-based training course for their employees on the new software.
Here we used a scenario where an employee finds it tough to use the new software and asks his manager for help. The manager takes him through the process and then makes him to practice, guided by his instruction and finally allows him work with the software all by himself. The course was designed in a conversational style that happens between an employee and a manager.
Below is the screenshot of the course
Here is another case where our client wanted us to create a simulation-based eLearning course for all employees on their new operational process. Employees, depending on their role in the organization, get involved in the various stages of the process. So every employee depending upon their job role should be aware of the tasks that they are to perform in the new process.
Our Instructional Strategy:
Accordingly, in this process-based simulation course, we had an introduction slide where different job profiles were presented as shown below.
The learner selects the tab belonging to his role. Then he finds a guide (an avatar) who explains to him all details about his task in the specific process with the help of the simulation. This course also goes as a conversation between the instructor and the learner.
These are the two ways we designed the simulation-based eLearning courses. Have you ever designed a simulation-based course before? Please share your experience.