Saturday, 19 October 2013

The Role of Learning Simulations in Learning & Development Strategies

In September, we (pixelfountain) held a workshop in partnership with Virtual College.  The delegates were professionals from a wide variety of sectors who were invited to discuss the role of serious games/games based learning in learning and development strategies.  For more of an introduction and to see footage from the day (and to appreciate more how our workshops work), watch the video below.

After playing the learning simulation, the delegates discussed using serious games for learning and development.  Various applications were suggested, including:

  • Inductions
  • Management training
  • Partnership working and relationship building
  • Staff engagement days/away days
  • Stakeholder collaboration
  • Team building
  • Assessment centres
  • Training needs analysis
  • Community/resident groups

Barriers to adoption were also discussed.  These were fewer in number, but included:

  • The term ‘game’ and misconceptions about games for training
  • Access to technology
  • IT literacy
  • Cost

One of the main aims of the day was to discuss the delivery method of the games and the positives and negatives of different methods.  For example, workshop-based, facilitator-led, collaborative delivery as opposed to individually played, online delivery.  There was a bias in favour of the games being workshop based, but that is likely to have been because the simulation used on the day was designed for that purpose, which could have skewed opinion.

The delegates had a fantastic day and really loved our newest simulation, Planit-Housing, which was developed in partnership with The University of Northampton.   For more information about Planit-Housing, click here and to learn more about our other products and how our workshops work, click here.

To download the full Virtual College report, click here.

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