Case Studies

The University of Texas starts online training program to help fill cybersecurity jobs

Socratic Arts' Cyber Security program will be offered through the University of Texas Austin's Extended Campus. KXAN in Austin ran a news story on the program, which can be seen on their website.

Hear from a recent graduate of our Cyber Academy.

Cyber Security Training for Spokane

August 2018 - Students in Spokane Washington have just completed a learn-by-doing course in cybersecurity, developed and delivered by Socratic Arts. During the six-week intensive course, Cyber Defender 1: Network Traffic and Log Analysis, they learned and practiced the skills required of security operations center analysts, including analysis of network traffic and of system and network logs. The course is a Story-Centered Curriculum in which the students' work is set in the context of a sophisticated cyber attack on a defense contractor.

Eleven students began the course, and nine successfully completed it. The students were a mix of working IT professionals from the City of Spokane and Avista Utilities, as well as advanced students from Spokane Falls Community College, all of whom seek to transition into cybersecurity jobs.

Students reported being sorry when the course ended. In a few weeks, they will go on to a second course, Cyber Defender 2: Digital Forensics and Incident Response, in which they will learn and practice the skills of malware analysis, memory and disk forensics, and incident response.

Socratic Arts experts mentored students as they analyzed the attack. Here's what participants had to say:

"I haven't seen anything out there that excites me like this does."
- Brady Nielsen -
- Cybersecurity instructor, Spokane Falls Community College -

"I like how the class was created around an investigation of cyber security crime. It was cool to learn as if I was solving a real cyber crime."

Individuals interested in learning cyber security can enroll through The Schank Academy.

Organizations that would like to improve their people's cyber security skills can Contact Us to discuss the opportunities our effective, learn-by-doing programs provide.

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Learners Play the Leading Role in an Innovative Turn-Taking Simulation that Teaches Key Coaching Skills to Managers at a Fortune 100 Company.

When a global management consulting firm introduced an important new coaching paradigm for managers, they turned to Socratic Arts to create a cutting-edge learn-by-doing online course that puts learners in the virtual driver's seat. The course uses the innovative and award-winning Observe & Critique™ technology for managers to examine and critique fictional video scenarios with realistic coaching opportunities. Socratic Arts also unleashes the ground-breaking turn-taking technology, which takes the simulation a step further: Participants play the coach in 1-1 dialogues, steering the conversations every step of the way. Just like in real-life, success doesn't happen in a moment, but rather from the many choices and balance of considerations individuals make over time. Ongoing feedback from field experts, nonfictional interviews and scene-specific learning resources help learners understand and apply curricular aspects where they are relevant and helpful. Learners also create active coaching plans, connecting the innovative pedagogy to their own performance goals.

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.

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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:

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.

Dynamic Scene Adapter Dashboard highlights current tasks and resources

What pilot participants said

Compared to Other Learning Programs, Participants said:

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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.

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What pilot participants said:

Compared to other eLearning, participants said:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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