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Capturing and Deploying Experience Through Simulations with Ken Spero September 25, 2012

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If you missed this past Thursday’s ASTD E-learning SIG presentation by Ken Spero, you missed a fun and interactive lesson on simulations and experiential learning. Ken provided a foundational background on the importance of experiential learning and how the stickiness of learning is tied to this. Ken also delved into the importance of storytelling in simulation creation and that simulations (and training) do not have to have all of those bells and whistles in order to be effective.

Ken allowed the class to go through an example of a leadership development simulation, providing the attendees with a great example of simple but effective simulation.

Ken Spero is the Executive Director of the new ImmersiveLearningUniversity at NexLearn. In this role, he is able to continue his efforts to make Immersive Learning Simulations more available to the masses. Prior to joining NexLearn, Ken was a Founder and the Chief Marketing Officer of Humentum. Ken recently merged his Humentum operations with NexLearn in an effort to combine his work with the NexLearn’s award winning capabilities and authoring tools, like SimWriter. For more information on SimWriter or NexLearn, click here:  http://www.simwriter.com/.

You can download Ken’s presentation by clicking here: ASTD_PHL_eSIG-Spero

Capturing and Deploying Experience Through Simulations with Ken Spero September 7, 2012

Posted by karlgrieb in Misc.
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When hiring a new employee or promoting someone from within, most organizations look for experience appropriate to the position and responsibilities.  Although skills are an important part of the requirements, experience often trumps skills because it is essential that the candidate be able to utilize those skills in context applying both experience and critical thinking to the situation. Organizations typically use training strategies to improve performance which are built on instructional design techniques. When experience is required and the issues are contextual and therefore require critical judgment to effectively address, instruction is not enough.

In this workshop, Ken will discuss how to develop simulations which translate specific experience into learning modalities that engage the learner and help them apply the simulated experience to real-life situations. You will have the opportunity to view some examples, specifically for a leadership development simulation and Sales training simulation.

About the Speaker:

Ken Spero is the Executive Director of the new Immersive Learning University at NexLearn. In this role, he is able to continue his efforts to make Immersive Learning Simulations more available to the masses. Prior to joining NexLearn, Ken was a Founder and the Chief Marketing Officer of Humentum. Ken recently merged his Humentum operations with NexLearn in an effort to combine his work with the NexLearn’s award winning capabilities and authoring tools.

Ken has focused his career on helping organizations do a better job of critical thinking and decision-making. Encouraging mindful behavior with his clients has enabled him to produce measurable improvements in productivity inside many of his clients’ strategic initiatives. He has spent the last 22 years in and around simulations.

 

Additional Meeting Details:

Cost: Free for Philly ASTD members, $20 for non-members. Non-members may attend 2 SIG meetings for free before being asked to join the chapter or pay $20 per meeting.

Next Meeting:
Thursday, October 18, 2012

When

Thursday September 20, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT

Where

La Salle University – Metroplex Corporate Center
4000 Chemical Road

Plymouth Meeting, PA