Online training simulations are highly specialized, interactive programs that allow your workforce to learn and practice real world activities in a controlled, secure, and risk-free environment. They can be used in a wide variety of training programs: for example, product and sales training, compliance training, and software training.
The overall culture of your organization may dictate what training can take place in the virtual world and what would be better in real life classrooms. If your organization is highly technical and well-connected through social media the online environment should work well, especially if participants are accustomed to online interaction as part of their everyday lives.
Online training simulations are most often used when employees must learn new work tasks. They allow the learner to master each step of a task, build associated skills, and test their progress. Using the reporting and analytics tools available with training design programs, instructors can monitor students while they are participating in the training and can offer additional support.
When an organization is adopting new technologies, online training simulations can greatly increase the learning curve. Learners have the opportunity to explore all the features and functions of the system – assessing its limitations, level of accuracy, and applications in a safe and risk-free environment before having to use it in real life.
Online training simulations are particularly useful when it’s impossible or not feasible to recreate the training situation – for example, teaching safety protocols, such as dealing with dangerous chemicals or handling medical bio-hazards. Worst-case scenario simulations enable learners to challenge themselves and simulate the potential pressures and hazards of the situation.