A big part of an instructional designer’s job is to make learner practice as realistic and job-like as possible. A simulation can be used to add extra challenge to a practice exercise by introducing real-life standards and conditions. This is especially important when learners are required to meet job standards immediately after training when they return to the job, and when the consequence of error on the job is serious.
Before considering the addition of job-like conditions to a practice exercise, the learner must have had the opportunity to develop the skill first; otherwise, they will be set up for failure.
Here are five ways to make practice sessions simulate real-life job conditions: