January, 2012

A Sneak Peak into the Future of Corporate Training

One of the most challenging aspects of any type of corporate, professional, business or agency training is to create new and stimulating ways to provide current and new employees with the knowledge and skills they need to do their jobs more effectively and efficiently.  Currently business training models that provide online training options may offer video clips, text information or perhaps an interactive quiz type format. However, at Designing Digitally, Inc. we have a completely new option for your corporate training needs.

The true wave of the future is the use of 3D simulations, which are the specialization of the experienced staff at Designing Digitally, Inc. These simulations are very similar to the types of online gaming experiences that are so popular and so familiar with young professionals in the workplace today. Since these very interactive and immersive games are what professionals are doing by choice in their free time, it only makes sense to incorporate the technology into workplace trainings.

As the baby boomer generation reaches retirement age it is essential to reconsider traditional types of corporate training options. It is also a perfect time to talk to the staff at Designing Digitally, Inc. to start designing a 3D simulation that is uniquely created to meet your teaching and training needs. Since this is a virtual training environment there is literally no restrictions on the scenarios, skills, objectives and types of information that you wish to include in the simulation. The traditional types of constraints because of time, cost and travel no longer exist, removing the barriers to effective corporate trainings that may have been present.

One key element of using 3D simulations and serious games for corporate training is that the learner is able to play through the game making choices just as they would when called upon to use the knowledge or skills in the real world. The choice can be played out to clearly demonstrate the consequences of their decision in the simulation, allowing true experiential learning to occur. This does take skill and experience on the part of the designer and development team which is why it is so important to choose a company that specializes in this area to create your future corporate training modules.

Designing Digitally, Inc. can provide the opportunity for your corporate training to increase knowledge on the areas of focus while also helping to ensure a safe learning and working environment for all. Your staff can learn protocols and practice procedures that are identical to real and potentially dangerous or risky situations they will face in the field. Working through online simulations gives them the confidence in making the right choice when the pressure is on.

What Types Of Serious Games Are Being Created For Training?

The specific types of serious games created for training purposes are difficult to categorize, since each new step in the technology creates new possibilities. However, there are specific styles of serious games or alternative purpose games that are fairly common for online types of 3D simulations. The type of serious game engine and the software used in the development of the program will have an impact on the larger scale games. However, for most of the customized games for business, industry or the government, the sky is really the limit.

The huge MMOG phenomenon, which is largely driven by game console play, is very popular worldwide. MMOG or massive multiplayer online games are typically role playing types of games that allow thousands of users online at the same time in a world created within the game. Some of these games are war strategy or first person shooter types of games, but there are also games in the category of sports, racing and social encounters, typically in a variety of worlds that are influenced by the actions and interactions of the players. While often seen as a purely entertainment based game, MMOGs can also be incorporated into learning and management decision making, financial management, industry management and even management of telecom and financial industries and banking institutions.

The military uses a variety of serious games including MMOGs as well as simulators for technical skills mastery. Flight simulators, war strategy games, tank and heavy equipment operation and urban warfare games are all designed to allow multiple players to interact in a very specialized type of virtual reality online training.

Simulation games for management training are an ideal type of training exercise. They can be divided into very discrete modules or strategy and policy planning games that allow concrete skills to be taught and mastered. These types of very customizable real time 3D games provide managers the opportunity to explore different decision making options without risking the company, clients or capital. Since the games can be very specific to the types of decisions and problems faced in a particular business sector the simulations are incredibly effective and highly applicable.

Problem solving and developing tools to deal with common and uncommon problems are another type of serious game option. These types of interactive 3D software programs can track specific learner responses, completion times and feedback throughout the scenario. Not always quantitative in their scoring, these games are ideal for determining those in the company that can think outside of the box and those that are effective problem solvers.

Agent based games that feature distributed virtual environments and personalized avatars are very common in all types of business and training scenarios. This allows more immersion into the serious game while also adding a very realistic and socially appealing aspect to the training. Game based learning can be enhanced by virtual meetings and classroom types of activities where players can interact and learn from each other as well as the game.