Simulations Help People Practice New Techniques and Skills


I’m at an experiential workshop this week, learning how to design simulations for my workshops and presentations. If you’ve attended one of my workshops or public tutorials in the past 2-3 years (at least), you’ve had a chance to participate in a simulation. If you haven’t yet, don’t worry. I don’t ask people to talk about their feelings — at least, not directly, and we don’t hug. So far, no one’s sung any songs, but who knows? 🙂

If you’re wondering, what’s the big deal about simulations, here it is:

Simulations allow the participants to practice new skills in a safe way, and to learn from their practice.

If you’ve ever tried to change how you perform some work, you know you need to practice. Practice without feedback can be worse than useless, because you can’t tell if you’re practicing correctly. Simulations, along with their debriefs allow for practice with feedback.

I’ve been at the workshop for one day, and I’ve already edited 2 simulations and developed 2 others. Good return for only 1 day, eh?

I’ll be blogging sporadically this week because of the workshop.

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