Research shows that learners pay more attention when they receive feedback from someone they know, such as their teacher, than from an unknown source. In K-12 education, some teachers are now recording their feedback as a podcast for their learners to listen to rather than writing notes on their papers.

How can you use this for your DecisionSim simulation? Whenever possible, create a mentor from someone many of your learners might know or recognize. Another approach is to create a mentor from an expert in the field with credentials that will establish their expertise. Then write the feedback from this mentor’s voice. That may mean using a video, voice over, or simply writing dialogue for a text-based response. An easy way to get the authentic dialogue is to interview the expert and record their actual words.

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