The SALT conference in February provided a lively expo and a program of diverse sessions in pleasant meeting rooms at the Ramada Orlando Celebration Resort and Conference Center. All of us from Sealund & Associates had a wonderful time meeting old and new friends, and easing corporate training departments’ explorations into the land of Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs). The learning environments may be virtual, but the corporate culture change into them is very real.
Northrup Grumman presents the case study
In addition to my discussion of VLEs, our audience enjoyed the case study described by my co-presenter, Walter Chandler of Northrop Grumman – the story of how they customized one of Sealund’s game engines with very successful results and his demonstration of the game- “Crater Analysis”
Highlights of our presentation included these topics and a lively question and answer period:
- Virtual Environment Categories and Terms
- The Value of VLEs
- The Role of Role-playing
- Virtual World Forecasts
- The Future of VLEs – Sealund in Second Life
- Game Engines for VLEs
- Northrop Grumman Case Study – a Military Application of a Serious Game Engine for Assessment
Our Busy Booth
The conference participants showed a markedly greater interest in virtual learning environments than ever before. Our visitors asked about VLEs for training in the areas of management, communications and sales, among others. When people asked us how VLEs might be used, we showed them our library of VLE’s and Serious Games Engines.
We also spent quality time with old friends and potential new ones from a broad spectrum of industries – military and academic as well as the private sector (manufacturing, engineering, financial services, technology). It’s always exciting to hear about people’s emerging training needs and be able to help.
That’s why SALT is such an exciting forum for forward-thinking organizations who want to provide the highest quality and most effective training in the most efficient manner. Hope to see you at the next SALT conference!
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