5 tips for engaging software simulation
Elearning is a great technique to introduce new software to large groups of learners. It provides a safe environment for learners to discover and practice. Here are my 5 top tips to make sure software simulation keeps users engaged and wanting to use your content.
1. Know your software
Get to know the software you want to create a simulation of. Ask users of the software what they like about the programme, use their top tips as a feature. Investigate the common issues current users come up against and create a FAQ. All this will work towards ensuring you give a true reflection of how your learners will be using the software.
2. Let your users have a go
Viewing a simulation can be especially useful if someone is very familiar with the software it gives them a chance to see it in action. But the really useful learning takes place when the learner can have a go themselves. Using a try simulation a learner can practice in a safe environment with no danger of corrupting live data and no consequences of making mistakes in a live situation.
3. Allow your learners to make choices
The majority of elearning courses are created for a large audience of learners with a variety of experience and abilities. With this in mind how to you keep software simulation engaging for all? Allow learners to pick how much direction they personally require. Tech savvy users may only need minimal direction. For those less sure add options where they can ask for hints and tips and provide explanations for terminology used.
4. Provide context
Give the why as well as the how to your learners. When you explain the context for people it aids the learning experience. As you show the user what to do explain why it is necessary and the purpose. This also helps to promote best practice within an organisation. For example, if you explain why the additional information box needs to be completed and what type of information should be added you increase the chances of users putting this into practice back in the workplace.
5. Keep it real
Use realistic and relevant examples in your software simulation. Users will be able to relate the examples back to their workplace. While you may think using comedy names and situations will make your training more memorable it can switch learners off and make them ask how relevant is it. Bespoke software simulation can be an effective tool useful for applications that have been customized for your organisation. A bespoke solution will ensure your users can see what they will be using in the workplace. And the good news! With our experience and rapid authoring a bespoke software simulation can be a lot more cost effective than you may expect, contact us to find out more firstname.lastname@example.org