Case Studies & News
Building Online Courses the Right Way
Mike Caulfield reviewed the Trump University courses we made available. Here's part of what he had to say:
"So here's what I want to tell you about the online portion of Trump University [designed around 2005 when Roger Schank was CLO]: It probably puts your university's online courses to shame. It certainly makes a mockery of what Silicon Valley darlings Coursera and Udacity call courses...
It is difficult to see the design of the Trump University online experience as anything but exemplary. In fact, if you encountered something this well designed and thought out in traditional online classes you would be stunned."
Our modern courses delivered via our award winning innovative technology solutions are even further ahead of their time. Contact Us to discuss how our decades of experience can help your organization.
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Socratic Arts Wins Gold in the 2015 Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards in Technology
Socratic Arts, a leader in performance improvement solutions, won a coveted Brandon Hall Group Gold Award for Excellence in the Best Advance in Unique Learning Technology category for its innovative take on Observe & Critique™. Socratic Arts partnered with VitalTalk to create Delivering Serious News, a course that helps medical clinicians improve their communications of serious news and related issues. Socratic Arts' Observe & Critique was one component of the course.
Socratic Arts and Gingrich Productions Collaborate to Help Newly Elected State Legislators Hit the Ground Running
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
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 four 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.
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."
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Socratic Arts rolls out a new type of online technology to teach communications to medical clinicians with great success!
Socratic Arts is delighted and proud of the successful pilot release of the online learning program, Delivering Serious News, developed for VitalTalk, a non-profit organization whose mission is to help nurture healthier connections between patients and medical clinicians. This program aims to help clinicians improve their communications of serious news and related issues.
Delivering Serious News features a slick new interface and high-quality, authentic video scenes of clinician-patient interactions. Participants play the role of communications coaches in a medical facility. They review video of their fictional peers' patient interactions, first using the new "Test Your Intuitions" tool to consider how they might handle the same situation, then using the new "Observe & Critique" tool to provide their fictional colleagues feedback and advice pertaining to highly nuanced moments from the video scenes.
We give a huge shout out and thank you to the talented and brilliant VitalTalk experts, Anthony Back, M.D., Robert Arnold, M.D., Kelly Edwards, Ph.D., and James Tulsky, M.D., for allowing us the privilege to work with them, and for all their input and guidance throughout the project.
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 three 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.
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Introducing the Goal-Based Scenario Authoring 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.
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Story-Centered Curriculum for Carnegie Mellon University
When Carnegie Mellon University established a Silicon Valley Campus in 2002 it wanted a cutting edge curriculum that would enable students to acquire and practice the essential skills and knowledge that they would use upon graduation in the real world. They turned to Socratic Arts to design and develop six Master's degree programs using the Story-Centered Curriculum approach. Each program consists entirely of projects—students work in teams, one project at a time, mentored by experts.
Consultants at F100 Financial Services Firm Develop Risk Management Skills by Conducting an Autopsy
How do you teach senior consulting executives at F100 Financial Services firm to become more sensitive to risks that can arise at various stages of an engagement, to mitigate such risks, and to manage consequences that may arise from their decisions? This was the question that we answered with one of our most innovative classroom design programs.
Hybrid Learning On the Job: A Software Company Trains First-tier Managers
A large software company had promoted many first-tier managers from the technical ranks. The new managers had little management experience and lacked a clear idea of how to add value as a manager. Most importantly, the managers were failing to align their goals, priorities, and operating plans with corporate strategy.