Instructional Formats for Teaching with Simulations

Instructor-Led

  • Use simulations in the classroom to illustrate conditions and decision points
  • Use simulations in the classroom to illustrate concepts and knowledge
  • ‘Sim lab’ environment or individual screen with single instructor playing multiple support roles and evaluating a candidate’s decisions and actions
  • ‘Sim lab’ environment with other instructor and students as role players feeding scripted information to the candidate, then rotating students through the officer candidate’s position.
  • Tip: Conduct objective critiques immediately following each scenario to maximize learning impact.

Self-Paced Training (e.g., electronic or online)

  • Use simulations in self-paced content to illustrate conditions and decision points
    • e.g., NIOSH reports, incident reconstructions, etc.
  • Use simulations to present conditions and decision points, with explanatory feedback regarding user’s decision.
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