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Essentials of Experiential Learning and Simulations

Break through boring learning with simulated experiences.

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This program will provide you with an opportunity to learn and apply the principles of experience design. You’ll explore simulations, a product of experience design, to learn how they capture experience in a more deployable format and allow participants to gain experience in a safe environment. Experience design provides an approach that combines content, context, and time to allow your participants to engage both intellectually and emotionally with the challenges facing their company or organization, allowing for greater depth in the processing.

  • Online3 sessions, 4.5 hours total
  • OnsiteFlexible dates & duration

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Feb 14-28, 2018

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Apr 11-25, 2018

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Jul 18-Aug 01, 2018

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Sep 20-Oct 04, 2018

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Program Overview

Program Overview

Experience is the best teacher. Unfortunately, organizations have neither the time nor the budget to allow their people to learn through the school of hard knocks.

Computer-based experience design and simulations offer a valuable solution. This approach provides organizations with an opportunity to capture the experience their employees need in a cost-effective and time-saving format, while also giving employees the opportunity to gain experience in a safe environment without the bruising.

This interactive workshop introduces you to a simple framework for simulations, which combine one’s work experience and expertise with the power of storytelling. Simulation isn’t a science; it’s just a way of organizing your content. This workshop will help you organize content to train others.

By the end of this workshop, you will have written a simulation narrative for your audience that enables them to identify key decision points and learn through simulated experiences.

What to Expect:
  • Technical Requirements: This program is conducted in the WebEx Training Center. Special software is not required. You only need a standard web browser and telephone or VoIP capability to participate. In addition, it is strongly recommended to use a desktop or laptop computer as using a tablet or phone severely limits your ability to fully and actively participate in the program.  
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

By the end of this program, you will be able to will be able to:

  • Understand what experience design is and how it can be used to complement more traditional instructional design methodologies. Understand how to create simulation narratives with low-tech, cost effective means.
  • Write a simulation narrative for a meaningful experience that exposes participants to key decision points.
  • Determine when to use simulations to support your overall learning objectives.
  • Ensure that the simulation experience supports learner retention and application.


  • Session 1 - Experience Design and Simulation Technology
  • Session 2 - Experience Design - Different Perspectives
  • Session 3 - Creating Experience Design
Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend

This program is for professionals interested in expanding their learning designs to include experience. Participants can be decision makers looking to address high-level organizational development objectives, or instructional designers looking to add an experiential approach into a specific project.
Credits & Attendance

Credits & Attendance

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Earn .45 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon successfully completing this program. Learn More

CPLP© Recertification Points

This program may be eligible for up to 4.5 CPLP recertification points. Learn more at

Attendance Policy

Participation in all online sessions at their originally scheduled day and time is mandatory to receive completion for the program. Participants who fulfill this attendance requirement will see their completion status reflected on their transcript in the ATD Learning Portal and will receive an email verifying their completion of the program. If you must miss a session, all sessions will be recorded and available in the Learning Portal for participants to review throughout the program.

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