Simulations For Software Application Training: Cost Effective And Time Saving Learning Solution
The companies are using simulations on a regular basis to train employees so that they can complete their tasks in a safe and proper manner. The traditional training methods are not a feasible option for the application software training. Due to the high expenses of hiring a software training expert, and then providing training to all the employees at the same time is a difficult task and incur huge investments. Also the traditional method of training would only impart theoretical knowledge to the employee, rather than knowledge on the practical aspects of the software. They can only position the acquired knowledge into action when they actually start working on the software, which is quite uncertain.
E-Learning is the appropriate solution for application software training. Simulations can be created to show the step-by-step process of software features and also let the learners to try it in a simulated environment. Simulations in software application training are created by using various rapid authoring tools, such as Captivate, lectora, articulate storyline, and etcetera, depending on the training need and budget allocations.
Given below are the three steps to create better simulations so that learners can understand the software better:
- Look at it: First of all show the learner how the software works. This is done by recording the actions that should be performed in the tool with the help of an appropriate authoring tool. Create a short video of the application software which gives information about the features of the software and its functioning. Learner needs to know the step-by-step process of working on the software.
- Try it: We all know that practical knowledge is better memorised than mere observational ones. Thus, the learner should try the software and test his/her knowledge. Do not expect the learner to remember everything at one go. Therefore, it is important to throw some hints to the learner to make him recall the information during the trial. These hints can be ‘Click Next’, ‘Click File’, and etcetera, in the form of pop ups.
- Do and practice again: The final step is to make the learner practice it themselves. The foremost advantage of this would be that learner would be able to practice in a simulated environment, and in case he commits a mistake, it would not dislocate the actual software. In this stage, the learner would not be given any hints. However, after few unsuccessful trials he would be shown the actual and correct course of actions to better his understanding.
Companies are adopting simulation based learning for software application training to save the cost and time. Simulation based learning her the learners understand the usage of tool with ease.