Management simulations have been around for a long time, but they have not always taken full advantage of what we know about how adults learn. Cori Hill and Steve Semler at Personnel Decisions International coined the term “Simulation Enhanced Learning (SEL)” in 1998 to describe how simulations can improve the outcomes of learning and development programs. Simulations supercharge the learning experience by making it real and relevant to the participant. The simulated business environment exposes participants to realistic challenges in a learning laboratory setting where they can explore new concepts and try new things.

A simulation experience helps the learner make the gut-level connection to the material that brings on “Aha!” insights. Then, SEL uses a variety of integrated learning and feedback techniques to help the participants apply what they learn directly to their jobs.

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