Activity Ideas to Simulate Meetings

Feb 14, 2014


I'd be interested to hear ideas you may have on developing performance-based e-learning activities that allow learners to practice planning and executing meetings. For these meetings, the learner would need to create an agenda, select the correct people to attend, and then lead the meeting discussions. Creating the agenda and selecting people are pretty straightforward activities. However, I'm looking for some fresh ideas on practicing the actual meeting discussions. We've developed conversation models for courses in the past (click on a person in the room, hear their thoughts/comments, select the most appropriate questions/replies, etc.).

While a conversation activity may be a great choice for this, I'm just wondering if any of you have tried other ideas to simulate meetings in your interactive courses.

Thanks! Look forward to hearing some creative ideas.

2 Replies
Doug Rice

Hi, Michele. I did. We ended up combining learn-by-example, conversation-model, and decision-making approaches. At the beginning of the meeting, the learner learns the key activities and topics they're going to want to include in their meeting. Then, they can click on various people in the meeting, hear what they have to contribute, and make decisions about any follow-up tasks and/or questions that need to be assigned or discussed in the meeting.

Difficult to explain with text so I've included a couple screenshots from one of the meeting activities. The learner selects an appropriate question to ask. Clicking on the highlighted staff members reveals their thoughts/response to the question. After that, the learner needs to make a decision on how to respond. This is just one activity in the course, other activities include identifying staff to include in the meeting, appointing staff to specific tasks, etc.

The response from learners is that they feel engaged in the whole process and feel like they really learned how to plan for the task at hand.

Hope this is helpful.

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