essay A+

Get Full Essay

Get access to this section to get all the help you need with your essay and educational goals.

Get Access

Simulations are an effective way to facilitate learning. A simulated case study or exercise has the potential to teach course participants to use general knowledge later on in specific applications. In the scenario presented, I would need to balance the ideas that my manager holds in favoring a simulation against the recommendations of the IT staff that say that time and resources are finite and inadequate to properly construct this learning design. To properly address this situation, I would go back to the needs assessment.

Before any training is developed, there must be a stated or uncovered need for behavior to be changed or for a set of skills to be developed. Once there is a clear understanding of the needs, a translation can be made to the specific learning outcomes. In the situation presented, I would speak with my manager and present several options. The first option being that a longer time horizon and budget be considered to do what he is asking me, as I will need the IT staff to cooperate.If that is not an option, then I would need to test my manager’s tolerance level for other options.

The next option I would present is a low-tech simulation that does not need IT resources and would be developed in-house. Perhaps parts of the program could be supported by IT in a limited capacity. The rest of the materials would be homegrown and adapted to the corporate culture. It would demonstrate more of a commitment on my part and my manager would see that I am trying to deliver on his wishes, while meeting the needs of the organization.The next option I would present would an outsourced solution that is web-based.

The solution might cost a little more, but could be delivered on time and meet the needs of the organization. This would be a more “off-the-shelf” solution that would hit the larger targets. The last approach would be a blended learning approach that would take items from each of the other options presented and put then in a logical order that could meet the needs of all stakeholders and be delivered on time.

Get instant access to
all materials

Become a Member