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Overcoming Challenges of Digital Education. Do Business Simulations help?

In our previous article, we described the benefits and challenges of digital learning. Some of the challenges can become a big obstacle in getting the best out of your online education. In this article we present ways for overcoming digital learning challenges.

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Technical Difficulties and Computer Illiteracy

Many students do not have access to a computer or internet connection which makes it difficult for them to participate in digital learning. To overcome this challenge, schools can provide laptops or tablets to students, or partner with local organizations and libraries to provide access to technology.

To ensure the effortless access to education through business simulations, the process can be designed to be available on any computer or operating system. All that is needed is internet access. For those who use public devices, the business simulation session saves progress. So, the learner does not have to finish the entire simulation at once and can return to it in the future without losing their previous achievements.

Another challenge of digital learning related to technology is computer illiteracy. With digital learning, there is often a learning curve when it comes to using new technology and software. Business simulations can alleviate this challenge by providing a user-friendly interface that is easy to use and understand. This will make it easier for learners to get started with the education process and reduce the risk of frustration and confusion.

Lack of Engagement

Some online learning methods can be less interactive than traditional classroom settings, leading to a lack of student engagement. To overcome this challenge, teachers can use interactive tools and activities to make learning more engaging for students, for example, business simulations.

Business simulation is a unique approach that combines the benefits of digital learning with hands-on experience and real-world scenarios. By doing so, business simulations keep learners interested and invested in the process. By using real-world scenarios and situations, participants can see the practical applications of what they are learning and understand how it impacts or will impact their daily work.

Need of self discipline

Learners may face distractions from their home environment, such as television or social media, during online learning.This could lead to challenges with understanding the course materials and slow progress. By being as engaging and easy to comprehend as video games, business simulations help learners understand and retain the information. By using real-world scenarios, one can see the practical applications of what they are learning and stay engaged with the learning process.

In cases of asynchronized teaching or studying without supervision, it is also hard for learners to stay motivated and focused. Business simulations that focus on collaborative learning eliminate this challenge by bringing learners together to a simulated business environment, where they can interact with each other and their educator.

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Lack of interaction

Finally, digital learning can lead to feelings of isolation, as learners miss the social interaction of the traditional classroom. Business simulations used in synchronous teaching may help to overcome this challenge by encouraging collaboration and teamwork. Learners can work together to solve challenges and make decisions, helping to build relationships and foster a sense of community.

Overcome all digital learning challenges and learn more about business simulation from our blog.

This text was created by the RealGame Business Simulation team.

RealGame is a Finnish business simulation provider. RealGame creates simulations based on decades of experience and latest academic research. Business simulations by RealGame are created by educators for educators with a purpose of providing hands-on experiences and an understanding of how supply chain operations evolve continuously, hour by hour. RealGame is unique in that it has a clock-driven operational mode, which allows for generating transaction-specific data for business analysis and strategic planning.

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