Complex skills development for today's workforce

Tristan E. Johnson, Wen Hai D. Huang

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Today's workforce is presented with many challenges including the increasing level of information and technology as well as the loss of expertise. In order to be competitive and successful, organizations are looking for workers that have complex skills. Educational institutions are trying to meet these challenges, but the tradition methods are not enough to prepare learners for current challenges. This chapter presents the benefits of using games as model-centered learning environments. We present how games have the characteristics of MCLE. Even while lacking empirical evidence, games (as a type of MCLE) have the design features to support complex skills development. As such games have the ability to prepare the upcoming workers to meet the challenges found in today's workforce.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUnderstanding Models for Learning and Instruction
EditorsDirk Ifenthaler, Pablo Pirnay-Dummer, J Michael Spector
PublisherSpringer US
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9780387768977
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008


  • Complex skills development
  • Instructional gaming design
  • Mental models

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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