How to Use Interactive Sessions to Turn Online Training into Real-World Application

When I was growing up, I used to play a car-racing video game with my brother (San Francisco Rush I think?), and I got pretty good at it! I routinely beat my brother while we drove through the fake streets of the Bay Area. But then as I approached 16 it was time for me to drive a real car. Turns out all my amazing video game car skills didn’t translate. Surprise? Of course not. No one expects being good at a video game to translate into mastery of a real, complex skill.

And yet, as learning practitioners, we are often surprised when employees complete our online training, do well on our assessments, and then fail to successfully implement all the great stuff they learned in the real world. We’re disappointed when our video game racers aren’t ready to get behind the wheel.

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