Learning simulators reflect the expertise of software programmers, technical experts and learning professionals in creating real-life workplace scenarios that require decision making on the part of the training employee. Not to be confused with e-learning or laboratory practice, these simulators offer the flexibility to address the aptitudes, tools and motivations specific for the employee’s role. By actively involving trainees and exposing them to the consequences and results of their decisions, learning is improved significantly compared to training that does not involve interactivity. This approach also improves the trainee’s motivation and confidence. Organizations benefit not only from more comprehensive employee knowledge but also heightened on-the-job employee engagement – all with less training cost and time invested.
Business sectors that see particular advantage to learning simulators are public utilities, industrial machinery, transportation, education, social services, and hotel and restaurant services. Beyond learning the processes and procedures involved and the relevant regulations and safety guidelines for the specific sector, the employee gains appropriate customer interaction skills through real-world scenarios requiring decision making and evaluation of the results of those decisions.
Schneider Electric has developed learning simulators that have proven highly successful for Ministry-level programs and for industry federations in Spain; for risk prevention programs in regional governments; and socially and environmentally sustainable practices in construction work. In these projects, Schneider Electric provided comprehensive definition, design, and technical development and production expertise to help clients realize the benefits of effective learning simulation.