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Why Simulation?

Why use another training company and pay them to make your students frustrated or awkward? Use Fissure and your students will leave the training with automatic or integrated skills. See below:

Learning Retention Rates

The NTL (National Training Laboratory) Institute for Applied Behavioral Science published a study on Learning Retention Rates Findings. They found that students retain on average:
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“The experts generally agree that simulations boost learning retention rates dramatically. An often-cited study conducted by the NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Sciences in Alexandria, Va., found that on average, students retain 5 percent of what they hear in lectures, 10 percent of what they read, and 20 percent of what they see and hear in audiovisual presentations. But add “practice by doing” and “teach others/immediate use” to the mix—two learning techniques that computerized simulations possess in spades—and retention rates shoot up to a jaw-dropping 75 and 80 percent, respectively.”  Simulations: The Next Generation of E-learning by Sarah Boehle.


How Adults Learn

When we build SPL workshops and simulations we use an adult learning model that comes from David Meier:

•    Have fun
•    Ask questions
•    Make mistakes
•    Collaborate

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This model resonates with us because we at Fissure believe that real learning occurs not when we know the answer to a specific question, but when we have the knowledge and skill that can be applied to all kinds of different situations to find our own answers.  This realization is especially true when it comes to decision-making skills.  Most challenging situations are going to be different from past experiences and cannot always be resolved by “having” an answer.  Good decisions result from knowing what questions to ask of others and of ourselves, by knowing what to pay attention to and what to ignore, and by listening to both the logical and intuitive sides of our brains.

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Stages of Skill Development

The following three “stages of learning” diagrams describe the process of how a new skill is developed from the training, return on investment (ROI), and soft skills development perspectives. Note that simulation based learning or training will leave students “Automatic” or “Integrated” with respect to skill development, where most other training leaves students “Frustrated” or at the best, “Awkward” in using their new skills.
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Fissure recognized early that our clients wanted not only to understand good project management, business analysis and leadership but also be able to translate that knowledge into performance that affects the bottom line. Organizations expect that the return on training and consulting dollars be realized as soon as possible. This “instant” performance expectation means students must quickly apply their new skills in their workplace settings.

The problem is in transforming newly learned knowledge into workplace practices. Most training classes only provide knowledge and one or two practice sessions. Students leave the training without the comfort or competence to apply what they have learned and performance improvement is not maximized. Comfort and competence comes from repetition and feedback either “on the job” or in some simulated workplace environment. If this can be accomplished in the training, performance improvement in the workplace is maximized.

These market expectations and our understanding of what it takes to turn knowledge into performance inspired Fissure to create our simulation capability. Project management, business analysis and leadership are a complicated mix of processes, tools and soft skills and simulation is the only way to practice this mix of skills in an integrated experience over a short timeframe. In our 2 and 3-day simulation based workshops participants are introduced to new skills and then guided in a safe, mentored, “learn by doing” environment which fosters retention and application of skills.

The simulations were authored by a distinguished group of business analysts, project managers and leaders with over a century of experience. The authors led projects in a broad range of industries and were responsible for budgets from thousands of dollars to billions. We guarantee that our simulation workshops will not only educate you but will give you the confidence to apply those skills on the job.

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