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Short Sims

Clark Aldrich's

How leading organizations bridge the gap between educational experiences and real world impact.

Your organization has great plans.

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But online lectures and courses aren't having much impact.

You need Short Sims.

A future of education without endless bullet points?  Can we do that?

Why Short Sims?

Airplanes taxi to the runway.  In formal learning, this is the role of lectures and courses.  They develop awareness.

But to have impact, airplanes have to take off.  In learning programs, this is the role of Short Sims.   They develop conviction and competence.

Any questions?

Lectures and online workbooks fail because they can only develop awareness.  Short Sims succeed because they focus on conviction and competence.

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Everyone who develops educational programs—from CLOs to Commandants to instructional designers—faces a terrible choice with each new initiative.

 

Programs that matter use simulations.  For example airline flight simulators, Harvard Business School case studies, boot camps, and moot courts all focus on teaching "learning to do." But they are expensive and unscalable.

 

Most other educational programs have settled on lectures and workbooks.  These "learning to know" approaches are cost effective, timely, predictable, and scalable.  But over time, education’s heavy reliance on “learning to know” programs has been devastating.  It has put education out of step with sponsors and learners who want their programs to have a real world impact. We want to learn how to be leaders, not learn about leaders.

 

Short Sims solve this terrible choice.  Short Sims provide the advantages of "learning to do" with the ease of workbooks.

Clark Aldrich is the world's most experienced designer of educational simulations for professionals, and an award-winning industry researcher. He created Short Sims to remove this 100 year pedagogical log jam, and builds Short Sims for life and professional skills.

Clients include corporations, universities, foundations, the US military, non-profits, government organizations, academic institutions, and VCs.

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The technology-independent and non-proprietary pedagogy was developed by industry leader Clark Aldrich during years of work with leading edge corporate and military clients. 

Building Competence:  Short Sims can replace expensive and fragile props with interactive labs. They deliver the benefit of high fidelity without the costs. 

Building Conviction:  A corporation that failed to develop an inclusive culture with classroom approaches found success with Short Sims. 

Aldrich's fifth book - Unschooling Rules - is listed as one of the 20 most influential in Mr. Charles Koch's new book Believe in People.