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Have you ever wondered why pilots spend thousands of hours in simulated practice before entering into the cockpit of an actual plane? Or why surgeons spend years ﬁne tuning their skills on cadavers, before operating on real people and animals? The answer is quite simple. Both these professions have high stakes, and require incredible precision, and skill. The smallest of mistakes can lead to severe consequences. Isn’t this true for most of the corporate world as well? The decisions that are made in the corporate world can make or break organizations, industries even. So, the question arises – why shouldn’t learners in the business world go through the same kind of rigor?
Today, organizations across the globe are fundamentally changing in the way they are structured, and how they operate. This has distinctly created the need for a change in the set of capabilities professionals possess, and in the way that they function within the organization. With the world changing rapidly, traditional modes of learning are not as effective as they used to be. In other words, traditional learning interventions are failing to rise to the challenge of preparing learners for the dynamic business scenario. Therefore, focus on learning and development across the workplace is even more pertinent now.
Much like pilots and surgeons, business professionals benefit incredibly from experiencing new-age learning methodologies such as simulations. Simulations ensure that learners implement and sustain the knowledge and skill developed through a learning intervention. The use of simulations helps bridge the gap between theory and practice, closing the loop on capability development by delivering a demonstrable mindset change in the learner.
Over the last decade, simulations have been gaining momentum as learning tools, and becoming an integral part of corporate L&D strategies of organizations across industries. This is attributed to:
- Improvements and larger inclusion of technology in the workplace, owing to the Digital Age
- A seismic shift in power, authority and inﬂuence within the workforce, resulting in ﬂatter organizations
- A large body of impact studies on the incorporation of simulations into learning, over the last decade
The question remains still – What is a simulation? A simulation is a technique for practice and learning that replaces and ampliﬁes real experiences with facilitated ones. Immersive in nature, simulations replicate signiﬁcant aspects of the real world in a fully interactive manner, to develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes, whilst protecting professionals from unnecessary risks, in a safe learning environment. They provide structured learning experiences, and measure predetermined competencies and learning objectives.
Most importantly, within a simulation, learners have the
- autonomy to test their hypotheses and witness the repercussions of their actions on their own,
- motivation to continue positive response inducing behaviors and change habits that are detrimental to their work and responsibilities. This ultimately leads to mastery over the skills they are learning. After all, practice makes perfect!
However, it is important to remember that the primary purpose of business simulations is not to ‘edutain’, but to transform the way that people think and behave. While this is not an easy task, it is a crucial step to altering the learners’ mental model, facilitating the process of unlearning and relearning. The vast benefits of KNOLSKAPE’s gamified simulation-powered programs have shown 33% higher engagement, 67% better knowledge retention, and 23% faster skill development vis-a-vis traditional learning. The inclusion of detailed analytics and reports with every component of the learning program gives the users an insight, to map a professional’s path to performance.
In short, simulations are fun, and impactful. Not convinced? Try it yourself by connecting with us.
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