Now that we are officially in the year 2014, it’s a great time to reflect upon the previous year and search for pearls of wisdom. With that goal in mind, I’ve reviewed my posts for the year, and am selecting my top 5 favorite posts that you can use to guide the design of your DecisionSim simulation.

So, take a few minutes to review these posts. Each one provides insights from the field on how to create effective simulations.

Want to capture your learner’s attention? Try using Curt Bonk’s Tec-Variety motivation model or adapt gamification techniques to hook your learners.

What to sharpen your storytelling prowess? Review Emma Coats’ 22 rules of storytelling.

Wondering how much media and detail you need in your simulation? Review the concepts of thick and thin narrative simulation to match the level of detail you need with your learners’ decision-making expertise.

Want some general guidelines on how to increase the interactivity of your simulation? Consider how you can include context, challenge, activity and feedback to engage your learners.

  1. Using Gamification Practices to Hook your Learners
  2. Using Motivation to Increase the Holding Power of your Simulation
  3. Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling
  4. Blending Thick and Thin Narrative Simulation
  5. Creating Effective Simulations: Context, Challenge, Activity and Feedback