The ultimate aim of organisational training is to improve employee performance. Software simulations allow learners to work with new software in a low-pressure environment. This allows them to build confidence so that when it’s time to use it in real life – they know just what to do. Check out the five reasons why I think software simulations should be a part of your learning strategy:
Software simulations allow learners to perform tasks in the same way as they will on-the-job. But, unlike the real world, if learners publish a highly confidential document, for example, there will not be any real-world consequences. In essence, all of the risk is removed and learners are free to build their skills and expand their knowledge in a supportive environment.
Improve knowledge retention
Learners retain more information if they learn by doing, rather than just by reading or listening. For example, if learners are simply given an answer, they may remember it just for a minute before moving onto the next module. On the other hand, when learners have to perform a certain task or action to achieve an outcome, they will remember it more effectively as the learning experience is made more memorable.
Learn from their mistakes
Software simulations can be seen as part of a mistake-driven learning approach. They require learners to use their own problem solving abilities to arrive at a practical and effective solution by themselves. By making mistakes in a simulated world, learners are able to see how the different paths they take lead to alternative outcomes. They can learn what they do incorrectly and remedy the situation allowing them to expand their knowledge in a productive and profound way.
Offer immediate feedback
In the ‘Try mode’ of a simulation, the learners are given immediate feedback when they take an incorrect path. As a result, learners have the opportunity to identify and build on their weaknesses. Offering constructive feedback as soon as the learner makes a mistake allows them to avoid the same error in the future as the error isn’t committed to their long-term memory. Hence, when it comes to applying these skills in the workplace, they feel confident in doing so.
Practice makes perfect
No one gets things right the first time, especially if you are using a brand new software. It takes many trials and errors to perfect any procedure or skill. Software simulations allow learners to hone their skills to perfection by offering unlimited tries. If they make a mistake during any step in the simulation, they can simply start over again. This inevitably makes the learner repeat the entire process numerous times, making them well versed with the process.
So, there you have it, five reasons why I think software simulations should be a part of your learning strategy. If you would like to start building your own software simulations, check out our pre-recorded webinar here for a step-by-step process. You can also check out our blog about the key considerations to keep in mind when getting started with software simulations.