What is OpSim™ Virtual?
OpSim™ Virtual is a virtual worlds application of the OpSim™ Live intervention that allows for a greater scope, complexity, and flexibility in design.
Why would I want an OpSim™ Virtual?
OpSim™ Virtual applies all of the same principles of OpSim™ Virtual accelerated learning intervention. However, in this version “the game” takes place in a 3D virtual environment, or what we call “immersive virtual worlds.” Because immersive virtual environments offer a more flexible design platform, OpSim™ Virtual is geared more toward strategic rehearsal than the “hands on” simulation exercise performed in the OpSim™ Virtual. While OpSim™ Virtual is still primarily targeted toward mid- to high-level experts, its flexibility allows greater participation by novices.
The primary added business benefit of OpSim™ Virtual is that it allows users to rehearse strategic solutions from remote locations. While OpSim™ Live requires participants to be in a specific location to carry out the exercise, OpSim™ Virtual is particularly useful for firms that have users in various locations. Thus, the virtual environment allows users from all over the world engage in the game with no overhead costs in terms of time and travel from remote locations. Additionally, because OpSim™ Virtual offers more flexible design, once the initial design has been put in place, users can rehearse various strategic initiatives over and over again, rapidly modifying the design with each iteration at significantly lower costs.
How does it work?
In addition to all of the principles applied in the OpSim™ Live, OpSim™ Virtual extends the capabilities of OpSim™ Live by enhancing the granularity of metrics tracking, using programmable intelligent objects. Programmable intelligent objects in virtual worlds respond and communicate with other objects, users or even systems in order to document activity. The objects send information to remote sources and providing feedback to participants indicating the success of the task affording a degree of granularity in the metrics that cannot be achieved in real life. This kind of feedback allows participants to adapt and respond better to critical, time-sensitive issues and receive acute information as to the ways in which they may be deviating from target outcomes. Granular metrics are critical to accelerated learning, particularly in complex areas like IT implementation, because IT implementation failure is often the result of failure in small details of the project.