Simulated models which allow learners to experience and control complex ideas and concepts with a range of variables
NurseryLive! is a time-based simulation of the daily operations of a wholesale production nursery.
|Source||NurseryLive!, developed by Holmesglen TAFE|
RUHHRT303A - Maintain nursery plants
|Delivery||This simulation can be used in conjunction with other online resources such as the ANTA Horticulture Toolboxes|
|Customisation||This is a complex simulation and is not designed to be modified.|
|Availability||Details of how to install this simulation are available on 2005 Australian Flexible Learning Framework site listed above.|
NOVA Online has developed its own version of a fire-growth computer simulation. Its purpose is to show how conditions such as wind speed and direction can affect a fire's spread.
|Use||science students, emergency services students|
This toolbox is designed to be one big simulation of a workplace placement at an animation studio. The trainee moves through a variety of tasks with support and mentoring from a variety of staff with a range of skills in digital photography, multimedia and webpage development.
|Source||Animation Toolbox 405|
|Delivery||Can be delivered using a CD or loaded into a Learning Management System such as Moodle, Janisons or Blackboard.|
|Customisation||The material in this Toolbox has been developed to allow for customisation.|
|Availability||Available for preview and download from the Toolbox Learning Object Repository.|
Why include simulations?
Online simulations are useful in that they:
- assist in the development of big ideas and concepts
- allow learners to make decisions in a safe environment, before exposing them to potentially risky or dangerous sitiuations
- allow access to spaces, time frames and variables which are not easily accessed by all learners in real time.
Simulations are likely to deal with a number of competencies and tasks in an integrated way. They require learners to bring together a range of skills and knowledge in a problem-solving activity.Back to top
You can use simulations within a range of online and classroom experiences. You can use simulations to present content and provide examples, initiate discussions or create an exploratory learning experience. Simulations can also be used as a starting point for investigation and research in the topic area.
Building a simulation is a complex and lengthy process and typically involves a whole design team. There are a number of aspects to building simulations. They involve:
- having a clear understanding of what it is that you would like students to learn
- knowing what you would like your learners to experience
- coming up with a design metaphor
- considering the types of input that will be required from learners (matching exercises, multiple choice, turn based etc)
- creating the calculations which work in the background to process the learner input
- developing the feedback that will be given to learners
- developing multimedia, audi and video clips which will enhance the experience.
Sophisticated simulations allow for assessment. Learners are required to register and complete within a specified time. This could form part of an assessable task. More often simulations are used to form pasrt of a self assessment process for learners, allowing them to practice applying skills and knowledge to a complex situation.
Implementing simulations may involve placing files on a server or using a CD. Others may be web based and only require Shockwave or Flash player. There are a variety of software packages available specifically to develop simulations. See the Resources section.
Designing and developing simulations is a complex task and is generally not within the scope of the average teacher. If you are lucky you may be able to access a simulation that has been designed for your subject area. Try LORN for learning objects that include simulations.Back to top
- Learning object repositories
- Problem-based learning
- Project-based learning
- Roleplays (online)
- Web-based content
From the Framework
More resources from the Australian Flexible Learning Framework
- Building Blocks to Reality
Learners use the Building Blocks to Reality frameworks in conjunction with an architectural 3D drawing package (ArchiCAD) to construct the following:
- timber walls
- hip and truss roof
- Return on Investment (ROI) in Using Technology Based Simulations in Ambulance Officer Training
In this article from The Knowledge Tree, Steve Matheson considers how simulation training may yield both tangible and intangible returns on investment in the form of reduced costs and enhanced decision making skills and confidence.
- Fablusi: The complexity and creativity of web-based role play
- Role Play Simulations for ESL Learners
- E-learning ambulance trainees top the class
- Real Time Scenario Simulation, and Assessment: Final Report
- NeedleStick – A Role Play Simulation
- Types of Learning
Easy to read chart that lists types of learning with possible online learning activities
- Going the Whole Frog
Tools and resources
- Mekong e-sim
Learners interact with other groups in a roleplay situation concerning issues related to the Mekong area in order to achieve an outcome in relation to proposed development issues that are in keeping with the objectives and responsibilities of their role.
http://services.eng.uts.edu.au/~robertm/mekong/Information.htm and the learner handbook at http://services.eng.uts.edu.au/~robertm/mekong/e-Sim_handbook%202005.pdf
- Generating Puzzlement
Strategies for working with trainers who are using electronic simulations: a resource for staff developers.
- PDA Participatory Simulations
- Ten Secrets of Successful Simulations
An experiential simulation can be a wonderful training method. But it’s easy to create a one that is not as effective as it could be. Here are some suggestions for improving your chances of being successful.
- Learn Outside the Box - Reframing the Questions by Combining Scenario-Based Learning with Online Role Play/Simulation
- The Zen Of Being An Effective 'Mod' In Online Role-Play Simulations
Discusses how the structure of simulations frame a unique space for participants to interact and create a learning experience.
Development tools for simulations include:
- Fablusi: The Online Role-Play Simulation Platform
Fablusi (tm) is a role-play simulation generator. You don't need to know any web-programming in order to create an interactive and dynamic role play simulation.
- ICONS Project
The ICONS Project offers high school and university students from around the world the opportunity to participate in internet-based simulations around political and international issues.
You can register to use the Simulations Builder is http://www.icons.umd.edu/simbuilder/index.html
Adobe Flash allows designers and developers to integrate video, text, audio, and graphics into interactive demonstrations.
Multimedia tool for building rich, interactive content and applications for CDs, DVDs, kiosks, and the internet.