Instructional Design CoP - Let's Play! Designing Effective Learning Simulations

  • 25 Oct 2016
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Founders Hall, George Mason University, Arlington Campus (VA Square), 3351 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201-4426
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Using simulations for learning is the new trend in instructional design. Learning simulations are appealing because they capture the learner's attention in an interactive way. Creating simulations sounds really easy, right? Just follow the main principle: imitate or represent the operation in a modeled environment. But does that ensure the simulation is effective?

Join us on October 25th for an engaging discussion on how to create successful learning simulations with Dr. Roy Hinton and Mr. Imrana A. Umar. Participants will learn how to describe the conditions necessary for successful learning simulations and practice designing learning simulations through hands-on rapid play

Imrana A. Umar, Systems Thinking, System Dynamics & General Management

Mr. Umar is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Powersim Solutions, Inc., responsible for guiding the overall vision, strategy and operations of the company. Prior to co-founding Powersim Solutions, Inc., Mr. Umar worked for Powersim Corporation for 11 years, where he held various senior management positions, as well as serving on the board directors of the company from 1999 to 2001. Mr. Umar has several years of experience developing and implementing advanced simulation-based technology solutions in a wide variety of industries and application areas for major organizations in both private and public sectors around the world.
Mr. Umar has consulted is many industries including Aviation, Energy, Oil & Gas, Financial Services, Health Care, High Technology, Hospitality, Manufacturing, Retail, Construction, ICT and Telecom. He has also consulted for private and public organizations globally including Microsoft, The World Bank, McKinsey  & Co, Accenture, BP Amoco, Chevron, US National Energy Laboratories, Statoil of Norway, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Energy Commission of Nigeria, Energy Commission of Ghana, The American Red Cross, Qatar Petroleum, Cable & Wireless, Novellus Systems, AOL, NIPOST, Discover Business Services, FAA, Qatar Foundation for Science, Education, and Development, Ashghal (Public Works Authority of Qatar), among others.
Mr. Umar has also consulted in various application areas, including Organizational Transformation and Change Management, Analysis of Investment Options, Project Evaluation and Risk Assessment, Competitive Strategy, Policy Alignment and Coordination, Scenario-based Strategic Planning, Customer Acquisition, Development and Retention, Resource Planning, Technology and Product Innovation, Human Performance Management, Assessment of risks and options relating to marketing, sales, distribution channels, employee turnover, etc.
Dr. Roy Hinton, Associate Dean, Mason Learning Solutions

Roy is currently Associate Dean of Mason Learning Solutions Design at George Mason University. His responsibilities include developing and implementing strategies for program design and development.  Prior to joining the George Mason University faculty, Roy was Managing Director of Exquiry, LLC, a leadership and performance development firm. While at Exquiry, he was responsible for business and program development, individual and team coaching and public speaking. Roy was a Senior Faculty member of Cardean University, a leading innovator in internet-delivered higher education, located in Deerfield, IL. He has contributed as adjunct professor to the EMBA programs at Villanova University and Loyola University (Chicago) teaching courses in Strategy and Organization. In addition, he has taught at The Kellogg School of Northwestern University, Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, University of Texas and Rollins College as well as founding and operating a management consulting firm specializing in business simulations and executive education.
In 1985 Roy founded Burgundy Group, Inc., a management consulting firm specializing in the design and development of business simulations and executive education. He designed and participated in the development of over fifty business simulations in a wide range of industries including manufacturing, insurance, banking, hospitality & tourism, healthcare, government and not-for-profit organizations. During his twelve-year tenure at Burgundy Group, he also taught courses in leadership, strategy development and implementation, change management, teamwork and coordinated action, communications, organizational climate, trust, and system dynamics.

Roy has worked with many organizations worldwide including Allen-Bradley, the American Red Cross, Allstate, Caterpillar, Citibank, Chrysler Corporation, General Motors, Marriott Hotels and Resorts, Motorola, Quaker Oats, Texas Instruments and Visteon. He has published articles in human resource and strategy journals and has written several books pertaining to business simulations.
Roy received his Ph.D. in Management from Northwestern University and his MBA from Pepperdine University.  He is also a graduate of the Newfield Network Coaching for Professional and Personal Mastery program, which is accredited by the International Coach Federation.

Light refreshments will be provided. Attendees are also welcome to bring light meals with them, such as sandwiches or salads. There are several establishments within a few blocks of the venue that offer such fare. Participants will be able to eat and network before the start of the presentation.

From Washington, DC:

Cross over the Roosevelt Bridge; follow signs to the George Washington Parkway. Once on the parkway, exit at Spout Run (left exit). Cross over Route 29 (Lee Highway). Spout Run is now Kirkwood Road. Cross over Washington Boulevard. The Arlington Campus is on the right, at North Fairfax Drive.

From I-66 heading east:

Exit I-66 at Glebe Road/Fairfax Drive (exit 71). The exit ramp turns into Fairfax Drive. After traveling one mile on North Fairfax Drive, you will see the FDIC building on the left. The Arlington Campus is past the FDIC building.

*Note: All eastbound lanes of I-66 inside the Beltway are restricted to HOV-2 from 6:30 am to 9:00 am and all westbound lanes of I-66 inside the Beltway are restricted to HOV-2 from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm.

From I-66 heading west:

Exit I-66 at Glebe Road (exit 71). Turn left onto Washington Boulevard. Stay on Washington Boulevard until you pass the Giant Supermarket; then turn right onto Kirkwood Road. The Arlington Campus is on the right, at North Fairfax Drive.

*Note: All eastbound lanes of I-66 inside the Beltway are restricted to HOV-2 from 6:30 am to 9:00 am and all westbound lanes of I-66 inside the Beltway are restricted to HOV-2 from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm.

From I-395:

Exit I-395 at Glebe Road North. Continue on Glebe Road, passing Ballston Common Mall on the right. Cross over Wilson Boulevard, then turn right onto Fairfax Drive. After one mile you will see the FDIC building on the left. The Arlington Campus is past the FDIC building.

From Fairfax and Points West, via Route 50:

Go east on Route 50 (Arlington Blvd.). Exit at Glebe Road, and turn left on Glebe. Turn right on Fairfax Drive. The Arlington Campus is one mile down on North Fairfax Drive, past the FDIC building, on the left.

Paid visitor garage parking is available onsite at Founders Hall as well as street parking outside the building

By Metro:

Take the Orange Line to the Virginia Square/GMU station. The Arlington Campus is approximately 2 blocks Take the escalator to the street level, and turn to face Fairfax Drive. Across the street and to the right, you will see the FDIC building. Cross the street and continue past the FDIC building. The Arlington Campus is on the left.