eLearning Innovation: Serious Games and Simulations Expert Blueline Simulations Partners with Humentum

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eLearning development expert Blueline Simulations announces its partnership with simulation technology developer Humentum. Businesses now have more options for introducing innovative, results-driven training programs.

Since Blueline Simulations' inception, the company has scrutinized and reviewed more than 1,200 training simulation development companies in order to recommend only the best to its clients. Today, Blueline partner David Milliken announced that the firm has added training simulation developer 'Humentum' to its list of partners.

"Humentum's area of expertise is building simulations focused on the client's best practices," explains Milliken. "Not only are their solutions high-quality, Humentum offers affordable, low-bandwidth solutions that appeal to budget-conscious companies."

The concept of using simulations in business training is nothing new. Role-playing and interactive classroom games have always played a significant role in training programs. The shift in today's corporate classrooms involves the move to technology-driven simulations. Advancements in technology have drastically increased the level of engagement a trainee can experience within the simulated-environment.

Using simulations, employees experience interactive situations--without having to practice through trial and error learning with real people. For example, sales and customer service training may utilize a conversational simulation where participants learn how to build empathy and rapport with customer avatars. Similarly, a best practices case study simulation can harness the power of storytelling, practical application, and can be deployed broadly within an organization.

"Today's companies realize that interactive simulations throughout the training processes improve knowledge retention and decrease training time," says partner Dan Gregory. "The trouble for companies now is choosing between the hundreds of technology developers to find the one that best suits their needs and budget."

Blueline specializes in solving that very problem. Following a thorough evaluation, Blueline matches companies in need of simulation training with simulation training developers with the best match of assets--and all at no cost to the client.

But that's not where Blueline's role ends. "Once we understand the client's need and bring in a technology partner, we move to the client side of the desk to ensure that our partners deliver on the learning objective," says Gregory.

Humentum's unique online simulation programs are designed for companies that need to communicate to employees how to exercise judgment of rules in the context of their business environment, such as Sarbanes Oxley compliance. "It's not usually that companies don't offer compliance training, it's that they fail to show middle management and frontline employees how those compliance issues relate with their daily activities." Gregory says.

Humentum works directly with customers to understand the judgment rules employees must make to arrive at optimal conclusions. Engineers then take this knowledge and turn it into fun, interactive online simulations that allow employees to experience situations and consequences that mimic real-world outcomes.

Since the introduction of Pong and the wide-spread popularity of Atari in the 1970's, entire generations have grown up using highly visual, electronic simulations to practice the relationship between cause and effect. Many of today's business simulations are modeled after video role playing games and other gaming models to appeal to this growing demographic in the workplace.

"Choosing the right type of simulation training presents a real challenge for companies," says Gregory. "It's a big investment and getting it right the first time is critical."

About Blueline Simulations: Blueline Simulations is a resource for business simulation training solutions. The company is passionate about its mission is to continuously monitor the corporate e-learning segment and to match corporate clients with the most effective providers.



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