Virtual learning provides some excellent advantages: a quick way to introduce new concepts, consistent and flexible training, increased retention, and more. Incorporating relevant and real-life scenarios in your virtual training is the best way to ensure that a trainee is retaining information taught, as well as making sure that their new skills can be applied immediately in the workforce.
Here are some great ways to make sure learners are provided with an appropriate amount of real-life experiences in their virtual journey:
- Make training scenarios as interactive as possible.
Depending on the type of training, learners should be asked a lot of critical thinking questions that can help with decision-based situations. Be sure that the “how’s” in a situation are accompanied with the “why’s.”
- Introduce a timed aspect to training.
This can be valuable for any industry, but particularly helpful for fast-paced environments. Trainees should know how a real-life situation should be handled in a timely fashion, since workplace situations deserve immediate attention. Create challenges that can help them adapt in high-pressure situations and help them learn how their successes or failures in the virtual scenario could impact a real-life situation. Reflect on what could have been done differently and acknowledge when appropriate actions are taken to encourage thoughtful and sound decisions.
- Have learners create their own scenario.
Making sure the student can apply their learned knowledge by letting them “create their own adventure” can be extremely telling of their understanding of concepts. Depending on the complexity of their newly created scenario, the virtual facilitator can reinforce necessary concepts that may need more attention and at the same time gauge the learner’s retention and how the organization’s culture may impact the way they handle certain situations.
- Use case studies to lead simulations.
This can help a virtual facilitator provide students with a solid framework for interaction and practice newly learned skills. Case study simulations can also be used to identify and apply solutions in a real-life situation and can help to increase the learner’s fact-based decision-making skills. Giving the learner opportunities to think strategically can be extremely valuable.
Carefully integrating real-life scenarios in virtual training will help learners stay engaged and confident in the choices they will soon have to make in the workforce. With consistent and supportive training sessions, trainees are sure to be eager and well-prepared to use their new skills.