By Barb Nash
When implementing or upgrading PLM software, some companies are using software simulations in their PLM training for effective end-user training to help ensure that the new business processes are successfully adopted. Software product simulations can allow a user to learn a company’s
processes and best practices in an interactive and focused environment, without needing to install software or maintain a training database. Below are 5 reasons to consider incorporating software simulations into your PLM training and eLearning plans:
1 – Provides Interaction
- Similar to working with the actual software a student can work through hands-on exercises and if incorrect selections are made, feedback is provided.
- Steps can be shown throughout as a reminder of where a student is within the process or exercise.
- Tips and best practice notes can be shown to reinforce important concepts.
- Questions can be incorporated throughout to confirm comprehension.
Click here to see a sample of a software simulated practice from ASCENT’s Vault 2013: Data Management for Inventor Users course.
2 – No Training Database to maintain
- Software Simulations do not require a specific database, which is typically required for PLM software training.
- Reduces cost of maintaining either local or shared training databases.
- Prevents unwanted modifications to the training database.
3 – Allows for Repetition
- Can repeat steps using navigation controls compared to it being difficult in live PLM training when working with versions and revisions unless you reset the database.
- Repetition can help learners familiarize themselves with processes, such as Engineering Change Management procedures.
- Can repeat procedures until they make sense to the student.
- Can go to a specific task when needed or at a future date for review purposes.
4 – Provides a Focused Learning Environment
- Since the student is provided with a simulated environment, they cannot select incorrect options that could change the object in the database, making it difficult to undo.
- Helps keep students focused on the task at hand instead of being tempted to select options not related to the concept being taught that could possibly affect the outcome of the task.
- Helps minimize support calls or questions to instructors when something isn’t working due to a student's specific environment.
5 – No installation required of PLM or CAD integration software
- The PLM software along with any integrated CAD software doesn’t have to be installed.
- A student can take the training anytime,anywhere.
- A student can also use any device as the software simulation can be published to the web, desktops, YouTube, mobile devices and Learning Management Systems (LMS).
ASCENT's self-paced Vault 2013: Data Management for Inventor Users course in the ProductivityNOW portal contains software simulations for its exercises and is available to anyone with access to that course. Students do the guided exercises directly in their browser on the ProductivityNOW site as if they are using the Vault software.
I will be attending Autodesk University this year. If you are too, please join me for a mind-boggling game of Out of the Vault and test your knowledge of Vault concepts at the ATC Pavilion on Tuesday, November 27th at 9:05 p.m. At other times I’ll be in the ASCENT booth at the AU Bookstore in Exhibit Hall, Booth #703. Hope to meet you there!