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Performance Centered Learning®

People learn to perform by doing. Not by listening. Not by memorizing. Not by reading. Mere content and information usually goes in one ear and out the other. Cedar Interactive’s Performance Centered Learning®(PCL) instructional design method is based on the science of learning. It has been proven time and time again that when learners are immersed in scenarios and situations early and must learn new skills and information in order to complete the scenario, they retain and use what they have learned, and can readily transfer skills to real-world job situations. With PCL, content is provided at the perfect teachable moment, enabling learners to practice decision making in context. These scenarios keep students interested and engaged and ensure that they can perform the newly acquired skills while back on the job. Practice makes perfect. And PCL is the optimal way to not only practice new skills, but to master them.

A PCL training approach decreases the time to proficiency by immersing learners in a systematic set of experiences that might otherwise take months or years to encounter. It creates better on the job performance, accelerates time to proficiency, and results in financial savings for the organization. So, how exactly does it work? Strategies include scaffolding, simple to complex, spiral, integrate knowledge, systems and skills, and creating a community of learners, and are all utilized in Cedar Interactive’s innovative training solutions.


Why it works

Maximizes motivation

to learn by engaging learners in interesting, challenging scenarios that require them to seek out information to complete a task or solve a problem.

Increases retention

by having learners actively use the information they get to complete the simulation. People remember what they do.

Promotes transfer of skills and knowledge

to the job through linking knowledge to how it is used on the job at the teachable moment.


  • Sales people – selling skills integrated with product knowledge 
  • CRS – customer service skills integrated with technical and systems knowledge
  • Computer users – systems usage integrated with job tasks
  • Leaders & managers – management and leadership skills integrated with interpersonal and business knowledge

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