The benefits of scenario-based eLearning in the medical device manufacturing industry

Posted by SimTutor on Mar 3, 2019 9:00:00 AM


In the medical device manufacturing industry, every single member of staff must understand the importance of training for procedures and compliance - not just for legality’s sake, but for the sake of the users of their devices.

Learning this training in a realistic context without the risk of doing it ‘for real’, however, has been a constant challenge for trainers in the medical device industry. Previously, we’ve discussed the use of simulation training to overcome this hurdle, but that is only one side of the coin.

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Topics: "scenario-based eLearning", medical device manufacturing

Why simulation training is crucial in the MDM industry

Posted by SimTutor on Feb 20, 2019 9:02:00 AM

New technologies are driving the next generation of medical device manufacturing representatives - and simulation training is leading the way.

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Topics: "learning programs", "simulation"

Can you integrate eLearning with your current program?

Posted by SimTutor on Feb 10, 2019 9:00:00 AM

eLearning programs are helping businesses of all kinds fill the training gaps that come with traditional training. Such advantages include:

  • Affordability

  • Accessibility - cloud-based and mobile

  • Personalized and self-paced

  • Immersive and situational

However, if you already have an existing training program, you may be wondering if you can integrate eLearning into it effectively.

While the process of finding the right eLearning program, convincing the relevant stakeholders to buy-in, and finally getting the rest of the company on board with new processes can be an undertaking, integrating an eLearning system with your current program can indeed improve your business, as demonstrated in the aforementioned advantages.

In this blog, we delve into how to integrate eLearning into your program and whether it is the best option for you.


What are the main areas of need for learners?

When determining whether to integrate eLearning with your training program, you first need to understand if it is the best option for your organization and learners. You will need to look at the issue your organization is trying to solve and who your learners are. In some cases, your training program may not be the best solution, but a work aid or a process change would be more appropriate.

Having an open dialogue with your team to help you determine the correct solution is a direct way to get to the heart of the issue. Once you have decided where your training program needs an adjustment, it is beneficial to have a learner-centered approach where you will look at the needs of your learners and conduct a needs analysis.

When you have an understanding of what drives your learners, and look beyond a learner’s subject knowledge and ability, you’ll find a much richer and more rewarding context in which you can develop your training program. By having a learner-centered program and involving your learners in the creation process, it will most likely result in positive results as learners will feel more empowered by their involvement in their own learning.

What content do you have?

Once you’ve identified your learners’ needs, assess the learning content that you currently have available. This will help you understand what content you need to develop, and how you will deliver this change, whether in a classroom, via eLearning or on the job, without having to start from scratch. This will also help you determine the best format in which to deliver the content. Content can be delivered in a range of formats, so it’s important to consider how often the content will need to be updated.

Moving your entire program over to eLearning straight away may be a big leap for your learners, so employing a blended learning approach such as using the classroom or webinar sessions alongside elements of eLearning programs may be the best option for your organization.

There are many tools available that are easy to use allowing you to rapidly convert the content you already have into engaging course content. But doing this with a proper assessment of your content will enable you to create content that takes into account your learner’s needs, avoids cognitive overload, and decreases the amount of time and cost you would need to set the training program up in the first place.


What are your learners attitudes towards eLearning and technology?

Changes to an organization’s culture takes time, and moving from in-person training to a blended or even fully online eLearning program can be jarring unless implemented with careful consideration. To experience the eLearning benefits such as flexibility and lower costs, eLearning has to be embedded into the culture of your organization requiring effort from both your organization's leader’s and your learners.

Without full buy-in, it will be especially hard not only to integrate, but to also foster and maintain eLearning in the organization. A learner-centered approach will help gain acceptance from your learners. While looking to gain purchase from your organization's leader’s, educate them on the benefits and positive business outcomes such as quick ROI, the amount of time saved with its use and the increased employee retention that results.

Integrating eLearning into your current learning program may seem challenging, but it is well worth the effort in the long run. Ensure success by taking the time to consider the needs of your organization and more importantly, your learners. By understanding your learner's needs, you will be able to create more robust and relevant content, therefore a more engaging course for your learners and a better outcome overall for your organization.

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Topics: "learning programs", "training", "simulation"

A short history of eLearning

Posted by SimTutor on Jan 20, 2019 9:00:00 AM

In 2019, we're all used to hearing the term 'eLearning', but have you ever stopped to truly appreciate its meteoric rise, particularly in the last couple of decades? Few industries have seen such rapid growth and development in the way that eLearning has. 

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Topics: "scenario-based eLearning", "learning programs", "training", "simulation"

3 ways simulation and scenario-based eLearning will change your new hire training

Posted by SimTutor on Dec 19, 2018 2:00:00 PM

You’re done running through your onboarding material - in theory, your new recruits should be able to understand the material and hit the ground running. However, this isn’t always the case. It can take time, sometimes months, to get up to speed with new information. And while some businesses can afford to turn these failures into ‘teaching moments’, high consequence organisations simply cannot afford to learn-on-the-go as a failure can result in life or death.

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Topics: "scenario-based eLearning", "learning programs", "simulation"

Is cognitive overload hindering your training efforts?

Posted by SimTutor on Dec 5, 2018 10:27:44 AM

Developing a successful training program can be a daunting task. Have I covered everything that I need to whilst keeping my learners engaged? What types of content and formats will they better respond to? What if they tell me they understand it but they actually don’t and an accident happens?

Every trainer feels personally responsible for their learners when they’re adopting new training and for those in high-risk industries, there’s a very serious reality behind the importance of mission-critical training being learnt successfully.

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Topics: "scenario-based eLearning", "learning programs", "simulation"

Life or death? Why soldiers don’t read textbooks…

Posted by admin on Nov 21, 2018 4:54:50 PM

Imagine your workplace is a foul-smelling trench with deafening sounds and vibrations of bombs shuddering through your insides, your eyes stinging with sweat and dust and the metallic taste of ammunition and blood on your tongue. Both hot and cold, your muscles are pumped full of adrenaline, and even though you should be exhausted, super-hero strength takes over and you hurl one more grenade…

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