Making Games & Simulations Work
The training world has known the value of experiential learning for decades, but the use of games and simulations for developing employees can still be a mixed bag. To gain some insight about how to create effective, engaging simulations and games, take a look at Bjorn Billhardt’s article in the Winter 2010 issue of Training Industry Quarterly.
Billhardt, CEO and founder of Enspire Learning, says that overcoming boredom is key: “Many designs are simply ineffective or boring … a poorly conceived game can achieve worse results than a mediocre lecture.”
His tips for creating a valuable game or simulation include:
- Accurately but simply reflect the real world to demonstrate learning objectives.
- Introduce elements that make for an interesting experience.
- Create progressively more difficult levels.
- Allow participants to compete against one another, network and learn from each other.