Simulation is not just for video games!

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Using the same software elements that provide ‘life-like’ video games designed for fun and relaxation, learning simulators reproduce on-the-job scenarios that go beyond surface-level learning of subject matter. They are the product of professional expertise and teamwork, involving software programmers, technical experts, and learning professionals for their skills in knowledge engineering, scripting, technical development, and pilot testing.

While e-learning or laboratory practice simply provide training in the processes, procedures, regulations, and safety guidelines relating to a specific sector, learning simulators address the aptitudes, tools, and motivations specific for the employee’s role. They offer the opportunity to engage in scenarios typically encountered in that role. This training actively involves the user, provoking him or her to make decisions related to actual experiences specific to the business and then assess the real-life consequences of those decisions.

As a result, learning simulators can provide the confidence and behavioral elements of job knowledge that might otherwise require years of on-the-job experience. Sectors such as utilities management – where operations and enterprise decision making; troubleshooting; and interaction with clients and partners is dominant – find these programs highly effective.

Now, don’t get me wrong; video games are fun!

But when it comes time to learn, simulators that are part of your enterprise’s data center software can help trainees improve retention, and this takeaway ultimately enhances professional performance. If this proposal interests you, watch for my next post discussing the benefits your organization can expect from utilizing learning simulators. Until then, game on!

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