Our Method: Nordic Ensemble Scenario Training
Authenticity. Engagement. Relevance.
What is Nordic Ensemble Scenario Training?
Nordic Ensemble Scenario Training is the main method we use to design and run simulations. It produces realistic training experiences that allow high levels of creative freedom and personalisation without compromising safety or the ability to assess the participant's learning.
Nordic Ensemble Scenario Training:
- Is a method of learning-by-doing
- Is a form of Scenario-Based Training (which has been used to train nurses, airline pilots, police and military for decades)
- Uses techniques from the Nordic Ensemble role-play tradition (a Scandinavian art form) to enhance realism, engage the learner and make the learning process more intuitive.
Nordic Ensemble Scenario Training is characterised by:
- Group-based work
- Intuitive learning scenarios that are as close to the real thing as possible
- High transferability. You become prepared to use your new knowledge immediately.
- A scenario management team that is integrated into the scenario in a natural way, allowing quick responses and less disruption
- Simulations that are designed as redundant, resilient systems. Learners can experiment and get creative without disrupting the simulation.
Nordic Ensemble Scenario Training was developed by Sara Hjalmarsson. It builds on her research from Edith Cowan University on improving modern security training.
The techniques borrowed from Nordic Ensemble
NEST is first and foremost a method for creating professional scenario-based simulations. Unfortunately, contemporary scenario-based training and simulations have limitations when it comes to realism, engagement and relevance. This can be resolved by complementing the contemporary methods with techniques and tools from other disciplines.
Those practicing Nordic Ensemble have spent the last 30 years perfecting techniques for creating realistic live-action scenarios. Although Nordic Ensemble is an art form used for entertainment purposes, they use techniques and tools that resolve the limitations of modern scenario simulations. We find the following particularly valuable and use them in our own methodology: