How Simulation Training Can Help Your Election Workers Perform Better
Instill confidence in your election workers by engaging them in simulation learning
Election workers take on a significant amount of responsibility within their roles. They are required to ensure that all voting procedures are fair, accessible, and conducted in a way that complies with legislation.
For the jurisdictions that hire election workers, it is crucial that team members are well-prepared and capable of meeting the demands of their job come election day.
Jurisdictions only have a short amount of time to offer election worker training. This is because most election positions are temporary, with workers only being needed for a predetermined amount of time while the election takes place.
This makes it difficult to offer comprehensive, in-depth election training opportunities.
Or it did, at least, until the rise of mLearning made it possible to increase the accessibility and efficiency of election worker training.
At this point, you’re probably wondering exactly how simulation training works and what types of specific results it can generate.
And fortunately that is the focus of this blog!
Here Are Three Ways Mobile Simulation Learning Can Help Your Election Workers Perform Better:
1. Consistent and Immediate Feedback
One of the greatest challenges associated with traditional forms of election training is the ability to provide adequate feedback. In a classroom setting, there is often only one election educator overseeing a group of workers, meaning that questions often go unanswered purely based on time restraints.
With the help of mobile training, however, educators can quickly and easily log into their app to engage in discussion forums and comment on the progress being made by individual workers.
In fact, in a recent study by the University of Central Florida, 65 percent of students said that mLearning increased their communication with their instructor.
Why does this matter?
Because these feedback directly impacts how motivated learners are to complete their training.
More specifically, another recent study found that 42 percent of students found it motivating when their instructor posed coursework-related questions in an online forum.
These same results can be transferred into a workplace setting. In the ARC Elections app, election jurisdictions can avail of several ways to engage with their workers, from posting in discussion forums to sending private messages directly to specific users – all of which will provide these same benefits.
2. Increased Knowledge Retention
One of the most highly regarded benefits of simulation learning is the proven impact it has on retention rates among learners.
To be more precise, people have a 75 percent retention rate when they learn by doing.
In another study, it was shown that students experience a 76 percent increase in learning outcomes when exposed to a gamified laboratory simulation (when compared to traditional teaching) and a 101 percent increase when both methods are used in combination.
And the best part? There is no reason why these results can’t be similar in a professional setting.
With hard data clearly showing the advantages of simulation training in regards to information retention, it’s difficult for election jurisdictions to not see the value it can provide.
But when simulation learning is combined with a user-friendly mobile training platform, these results become even more obtainable.
The ARC Elections app allows election jurisdictions to make customized simulations available to their workers. Jurisdiction leaders can choose what educational objectives they want their simulations to instill, and they can even incorporate custom responses based on what action their workers decide to take.
These dynamic and responsive simulation training experiences prepare election workers to adapt in real-life situations, which will inevitably be required when they begin their new role.
3. Stronger Hands-On Skills
Not all lessons can be taught based on theory alone. Sometimes, a job requires a person to be able to navigate real-life scenarios that are unpredictable and unnerving.
For election workers, some of these scenarios could include:
Challenging a potential voter about the validity of their citizenship
Experiencing technical issues with poll station equipment
The improper handoff of responsibilities from one worker to the next when a shift change occurs
Resolving conflicts with fellow poll station workers
Struggling to control traffic in and out of the poll station area
Simulation training is an excellent way to prepare election workers for these types of circumstances by challenging their critical thinking skills and forcing them to make important decisions in an informed and timely way.
In one study that analyzed the impact of simulation learning on the critical thinking skills nursing students, 91 percent of participants stated that engaging in simulation exercises enhanced their critical thinking abilities.
Why not give your election workers the same opportunity for improvement? And since 70 percent of managers identify critical thinking as a crucial element of employee development, being able to fine-tune this skill is highly beneficial for work environments of all types.
With the ARC Elections app, election jurisdictions can capitalize on improved critical thinking skills, and reduce the number of operational setbacks caused by poor decision making.