Top tips for creating software simulations
Last Updated April 17, 2020
As with all eLearning projects, the success of a software simulation lies in the planning. These interactive learning modules give learners the chance to practise and learn from their mistakes in a risk-free environment. Whether you are new to developing software simulations or a pro, our top tips will help create a learning experience that’s going to hit the mark.
1. Map out the processes you need to cover
Most applications can be used for more than one purpose, so it’s critical that you narrow down the specific processes you want to include in your course. In some cases, you might already know the click-path for the tasks that you need to cover in the training. But, when that’s not the case, you should work closely with a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in order to make sure you’re providing your learners with the correct information.
2. Practise the software
Your main objective is to help your learners become proficient with your software. In order to achieve this, practise the process(es) several times while you are planning the simulation. The more familiar you are with the click-path, the better your simulation will be. Doing this can help you pinpoint the details that you need to emphasise, in addition to those that are not as significant.
3. Degree of interaction
Now that you have chosen and practised the process(es), the next step is to decide the degree of interaction that you will have in your simulation. Depending on the type of task that you are trying to demonstrate, the type of interactivity in your simulation may vary. It might be a simple demo of the software with screen captures and voice-over. Or it might be an interactive simulation where the learner clicks through it themselves. If you are looking to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of navigation and data entry, you could look at using Storyline 360’s view, try and test modes.
4. Quality of the Simulation
Nothing is more frustrating than when you cannot make out what is being displayed on the screen. Your learners shouldn’t have to squint to see the software screens that you are demonstrating. If there are a lot of functions that a learner needs to focus on, on one-screen, it’s best to provide breakout shots of each step on different slides. You can also add a zoom to the screen with the completed information as this will provide an opportunity for the learners to review the steps.
5. Test, test and test
It’s a given that you will test out the simulation before sending it to your learners. But having multiple reviewers can help you figure out any steps that you may have missed out. SME’s are your best port of call when testing a simulation as they are familiar with the software in great depth.
There is always more to learn about creating effective software simulations but our top tips are sure to help you hit the ground running. Why not check out Omniplex’s blog on the six considerations you should keep in mind when getting started with software simulations.
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