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Capturing and Deploying Experience Through Simulations


What defines a great education leader?


Certainly skills are essential. You wouldn’t hire a home builder who doesn’t know how to use a table saw correctly. However, what is often missing is Experience. What’s the difference? Experience implies using those skills in context and applying critical thinking/judgment to complex situations.


We all know what works: practice, practice, practice. However, most of us would frown upon a surgeon who practices on her patients. No, in fact, we have to provide as realistic an Experience as possible to learners without putting real people in danger. Instruction is not enough. Multiple-branching and multiple-outcome Simulations help learners develop critical judgment to effectively address what to do in real scenarios, creating true Experiences that will translate much more easily to real life situations.


Simulation Authoring Workshops are interactive sessions where participants learn about the distinction between Experience and Instruction and explore the methodology of Experience Design.


Participants experience scenarios from existing simulations to gain insight and better understand the tools/levers of Experience Design and how they can be leveraged. Participants then apply those insights to actual examples they bring with them from their own school experiences.  


People do not use simulations for one big reason:  misunderstanding of the cost and effort required to create branching simulations to target behaviors.


In our workshops, participants work through formulation and writing initial steps of a simulation and immediately apply their skills to help create future simulations for their teams.  


Learning objectives:

  • Understand Experience Design as a tool for achieving the development goals of our leaders, their teams and schools.

  • Determine when to use simulations to support your overall Professional Development goals

  • Effectively capture and deploy experience in a simulation format  

  • Create to the 'illusion of complexity' in the articulation of a decision tree so that it can be easily accomplished

  • Make the simulation experience 'sticky' to support learner retention and application