The instructional approach adopted to impart skills and changes in behavior can significantly impact the outcomes—performance, learning effectiveness, and in corporate scenarios, productivity and profits. Simulations are one such effective tool that aims to bridge the gap between ‘understanding’ and ‘application’. Universities leverage simulations as a way of gradually scaffolding and immersing learners in a failsafe environment before they step out into the real world. Organizations, meanwhile, are seriously evaluating, if not already adopting, simulation-based solutions as their choice of training method to hone the business, managerial and interpersonal skills of their workforce.
Several simulation formats have evolved organically, over the years, based on varying learning goals, user profiles, and deployment environments. Conversation Simulations to develop interpersonal, communication and soft skills, Spreadsheet Simulations to simulate data-driven decision-making, Mathematical Model-based Simulations that replicate complex, multi-dimensional environments, Day-in-the-Life Simulations to practice prioritization and multitasking under severe time pressure, are some of the feature-based products we offer. Hi-fidelity simulations, which support multiplayer gameplay, collaborative decision-making, in competitive simulation scenarios are especially preferred by universities and corporates where users are expected to have a holistic and interdisciplinary view of business. Based on learner needs, solutions can be customized to qualitatively and quantitatively track learner performance and support reporting capabilities. Mobile-friendly options that incorporate principles and mechanics from the gaming world are used to heighten learner engagement and drive greater participation.
At TIS, the Simulations Center-Of-Excellence (COE) has been cognizant of these trends and kept pace with the evolving needs of learners and organizations. While we continue to leverage our strengths and differentiate ourselves on strong instructional design capabilities, functional user interfaces, and mathematical modelling, we also focus on conducting in-depth consulting exercises to identify learning gaps and recommend appropriate simulation solutions.