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Socratic Arts employs a unique design and development methodology to build programs that help people learn. We help clients look at training and educational needs from a different perspective, asking what employees need to learn how to do as opposed to asking what they need to know. Workplace skills and common mistakes are our focus, not the transmission of information. Led by visionary Roger Schank, our team of professionals has delivered learn-by-doing solutions to Fortune 500 companies, the government, and post-secondary schools.

Our knowledge management solutions, leveraging Dr. Schank's artificial intelligence work over the last 30 years, capture and catalogue corporate knowledge, making it readily available for future use precisely at the moment it is needed.

Why is Socratic Arts different from all other learning solutions companies?

Socratic Arts' strength in design differentiates us from our competitors. We partner with our clients to develop a refined understanding of desired business outcomes, performance objectives and details about their business in order to create learning experiences that will have the greatest impact. Participants in our programs learn by doing authentic, motivating tasks in the context of solving real world problems that are relevant to their job roles. We do our best to meet and exceed our clients' high standards. Here's an indication of how they think we're doing:

The simulation was by far the best professional training course I've ever participated in. It was relevant, simulated real-world pressures and events, and forced us to look at our interactions with people from a professional and strategic standpoint. I've never had a training course from which I've learned so much about the job, and about myself as a professional.

A manager for an F100 Financial Services firm
on a course developed by Socratic Arts.
October, 2009


What's New

March 23, 2015


Newt Gingrich has a mission: help newly elected state legislators get more effective, more quickly. Socratic Arts was delighted to help make it happen. The result: The Effective Elected, a flexible workshop that can be delivered in person or online, with a facilitator-led group (led by a seasoned legislator), or it can be done independently.

Participants develop detailed plans for their first term and beyond, aided by video-based advice from seasoned notables, such as Former House Speaker, Newt Gingrich; Florida Congressman Daniel Webster; Iowa State Representative and House Majority Leader, Linda Upmeyer; Texas State Representative, Phil King; Wisconsin State Senator, Leah Vukmir, and other highly experienced political advisors.

Legislators are guided through a step-wise process for:

  • Defining their long- and mid-term goals
  • Planning to get things done in the capital
  • Setting objectives for the first term in their district
  • Scheduling their first year
  • Scheduling the upcoming two weeks
  • Adopting the habits of highly effective elected officials
  • Preparing to handle tough situations

March 5, 2015

Socratic Arts' Dynamic Scene Adapter enhances the simulation experience for a Fortune 500 Company – making it fun, realistic, and memorable!

Socratic Arts is delighted and proud of the successful delivery of a new program for a Fortune 500 company. The program aimed to help participants develop strong leadership and communication skills through a 4-day, in-person learning experience that included workshops, electives, and a simulation using the Dynamic Scene Adapter (DSA).

The Dynamic Scene Adapter (DSA) is a simulation engine that supports in-person and/or virtual, simulation-based training programs. It provides a customized experience for learners in which their decisions and actions are evaluated against a set of metrics (e.g., team morale, client satisfaction, etc.), which are aligned with the performance objectives of the learning program. Depending on their metrics, learners may move on to new challenges, or they may be presented additional complications related to their prior decisions and actions. Unlike branching simulations, which face the development problem of an exponential expansion of branches, this system works on the principle of best partial matches of metrics to resulting states. Using this approach, the simulation only presents consequences that are pedagogically interesting relative to the performance objectives of the course.

Dashboard showing four teams with four metrics each. Each metric is color coded based on how well or poorly the team is doing.

What pilot participants said

  • "The metrics are memorable. They really drive home the key concepts from the course."
  • "Hands-on! Real-life! Interactive!"
  • "Love the dashboard and metrics. Real-time feedback in the dashboard helps us tailor our growth."
  • "The dashboard is very helpful as a one-stop shop to access all materials."

Compared to Other Learning Programs, Participants said:

  • "In my 4+ years at the firm, the program this week has been the best training I have attended to date."
  • "Thinking long term this helps us become better leaders."
  • "This is much more realistic and applicable to our work."
  • "This is the first simulation content that made me care."

Learn more about our successful live-computer hybrid program that used the Dynamic Scene Adapter.

February 26, 2015

Socratic Arts rolls out a new type of online technology to teach communications to medical clinicians with great success!

Delivery Serious News text overlayed on a picture of a doctor.

What pilot participants said

  • "Clinicians miss the mark: We need this training everywhere."
  • "Much better than typical online training. The video quality was high and the chance for personal feedback that's actionable makes it unusually good. So much better than a grade or a score."
  • "Will recommend it to the whole palliative care team."

Compared to other eLearning, participants said

  • "Among top 3 professional learning experiences of [my] career."
  • "Excited! Predict more will be retained with this method."
  • "Much better than a grade or score."
  • "Big improvement over compliance and other online training."

Learn more about our successful pilot program or View the demo.

April, 2014

Introducing the Goal-Based Scenario Tool (GBS Tool)

Socratic Arts is pleased to announce the launch of our GBS Tool, which allows universities, companies and organizations to develop courses that, unlike other online courses, offer students an immersive, meaningful experience that gives them job-ready skills.

Learn more about the GBS Tool

August, 2013

XTOL Europe

XTOLCORP announces the launch of its European branch, located in Barcelona (Spain). XTOL Europe has signed a partnership agreement with the Open University of La Salle (UOLS) to jointly launch a complete suite of educational programs targeting three audiences:

  • Unemployed graduates, with no technological background, who want to start a career in software development or ecommerce.
  • Technology professionals who want to improve their skill in the leading edge fields of data mining, mobile application development or Internet security.
  • Technology professionals who aspire to transition to management positions.

Students have the options of earning master's degrees, first certifications in a field, and postgraduate diplomas (short courses).

For more information visit XTOL Europe's website.

July, 2013

Introducing Medical EXTRA

It's Not About Search

Socratic Arts is pleased to introduce Medical EXTRA which was funded by KSA of Saudi Arabia.

Medical EXTRA is a system for organizing and delivering knowledge. It contains video clips, which we call stories of about 1 or 2 minutes in length. At the present time there are 1,000 stories In Medical EXTRA. We expect this number to become much larger. The stories are those of very prominent doctors talking about their experiences on interesting cases.

The first thing that comes to most people's minds when they hear about EXTRA is search. Users think it is their job to find information in any system (libraries, the internet, file cabinets -- remember those?) that contains information. Typically we feel that since we have always had classrooms and lectures that it follows that that is what education necessarily entails. Similarly, years of using Google (and plenty of systems before Google) has convinced users that they must learn to type in just the right key words in order to find something they want to know about.

But what key words do you say to your head when you are trying to recall some experience you have had? Typically we are reminded of prior experience by something someone said, or something we were thinking about, or something we saw or even tasted. People don't search. Their minds are organized by ideas, not words. Goals, plan, failures, emotions, frustration, unexpected successes, these are used by the mind to internally label one's experience and used to find that experience again.

EXTRA imitates, as well as we know how, the way the mind organizes information. So, take a look at Medical EXTRA with that idea in mind. In this version, it is meant to be a conversation amongst doctors that a user gets to direct. In future versions, the user will be able to participate in the conversation. In other versions of EXTRA (one for the US Defense Department for example), EXTRA knows what the user is doing and finds important stories to tell the user just in time.

There is no search. There never was.

Take a peek at our Medical EXTRA system.

For more information on EXTRA, visit our Services page on Knowledge Management/Corporate Memory Development.

This project is the result of a joint venture between Socratic Arts and Kay Technology.

June, 2013

Two top universities join the revolution!

Socratic Arts is thrilled to announce two new partnerships with leading universities to offer online experiential learning across a range of subjects. The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) will be offering non-credit courses designed and built by Socartic Arts, all of which employ our story-centered curriculum approach.

The University of Texas at Austin will offer courses for professionals through their Professional Development Center in a range of technical areas including data analytics, eCommerce, SEO, project management and financial analysis. UMUC will offer 25 new courses in the areas of technology and management.

The university courses are all learn-by-doing, and are mentored by experienced practitioners and teachers with whom students interact online. Unlike other online courses which frequently take the shape of videotaped lectures and online quizzes and tests, these groundbreaking courses put students in real-world scenarios, provide access to live mentors, and allow students to gain real-world skills they can put to immediate use.

For more information on the courses we've built, visit XTOL Corp.

To talk to us about offering our courses at your university, contact us.

March, 2013

Scene-Adaptive Simulation

Socratic Arts has long worked with its clients to develop learning simulations. We have made it our business to create high-impact programs in which participants learn by doing authentic tasks relevant to their real-world jobs. Now, thanks to Socratic Arts' deep expertise in both instructional design and computer science, we are pleased to offer our latest simulation innovation:

The Scene-Adaptive Simulation.

View our Scene-Adaptive Simulation brochure (PDF) or view our webpage on the Scene-Adaptive Simulation.

January, 2013

Roger Schank - A Real Mover and Shaker

For the third consecutive year, Socratic Arts' CEO, Dr. Roger Schank, has been named as one of the world's top ten e-learning movers and shakers. Socratic Arts leverages Dr. Roger Schank's approach to learning to design and build effective learning programs, delivered online or in a classroom, which stand-out from the mindless lecturing and multiple-choice tests that masquerade as learning in other places.

Explore our site to learn more about Socratic Arts and how we can help improve your company's learning programs.

May, 2011

Alternative Learning Places

We're proposing to re-design and replace school with what we are calling Alternative Learning Places (ALP). What will the alternative look like? Kids working in teams on projects that they're interested in, with goals they care about (building a robot that does something, building a toothpick bridge that can hold weight, building a car that will win a race, telling another kid about where they live, forming a friendship with a kid in another country…) Kids practicing the skills they need for lifelong success in the real world- such as teamwork, goal conflict resolution, judgment, persuasion, management, and communication. The Alternative Learning Places will give parents and their children an alternative to our broken education system. Visit the Alternative Learning Places website for more information.

View the Alternative Learning Place brochure (PDF) for more information on our Engineering curriculum for 5-6 year olds.