This simulation example was an online course in career coaching for 3,500 managers of a global manufacturing company. The course was offered in 7 languages to all management-level employees of this company around the world. The simulations followed two brief setup sections that explained what career coaching is and how to do it well. Learners could then choose any (or all) of four simulation scenarios to practice.
The Online Branching Simulation – Career Coaching with a demonstration of how the branching is written and shown in Articulate Storyline is in the LearningSim portfolio.
|“We’re giving an intro to career coaching for all of our managers worldwide with a mandatory, self-paced online course.”||“We need this to be more than just some click-through content. How can we get people to practice the decisions that go into this skill?”||“Include a set of realistic practice simulations as part of the course!”|
What would it take?
- Deliverables – Create 4 branching simulations following the 5-Step Simulation™ method, built as skill practice with feedback into a 20-30 minute online course. Each simulation runs through six decision points, presents Best, Good, and Poor option choices, and focuses on a different challenge that learners face when using the skill. Include scoring and pass/fail methods.
- Time – Performance need and context research: 14 hours. Writing (96 screens): 68 hours. Reviews, edits, and finishing: 28 hrs. (Total: 110 hours)
- Cost – About 70% of the total design budget. Slightly less than $20 per learner (before translation). As a complex e-learning project, this was a major investment (>$45K) for a large audience.
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