If not, you should consider starting.
Simulation is all about applied learning.
Simulations come in lots of flavors – some are computer-based, some are role-play scenarios played out in workshops, some are board games – but all simulations ideally share most or all of the following characteristics:
1. The simulation aims to mimic reality
2. Time is continuous, and a factor in the outcome(s)
3. Where you currently are in the simulation is a consequence of your past choices
4. Where you are going is completely your choice
In a simulation, you learn by performing actions and making choices – you experience consequences and outcomes in a time-compressed fashion, with feedback to help improve. A good simulation provides a risk-free environment to learn from your mistakes.
Simulations are often confused with emulations (e.g., an on-screen software tutorial) or interactive games, but these may or may not actually provide an environment mirroring reality, or a set of choices leading to pseudo-real-life consequences (wait – is it legit to talk about “pseudo-real”? – hmmm, never mind…).
If you’re interested in incorporating and developing simulations as part of your training, Impactiviti can help. Contact us to discuss your needs and ideas…