Instructional simulation is a teaching method that tests learners’ knowledge and skill levels by placing them in scenarios where they must actively solve problems. The instructor defines the parameters to create a safe environment for hands-on learning experiences.
When participating in a scenario, students must quickly evaluate the situation, decide on the best course of action, and perform the correct procedural steps. Educators can then assess whether the students understand the material and are translating their learned knowledge into skills.
Instructional simulation is useful for the students in many ways; some of them are as follows;
1. Motivational Advantages:
Games are engaging and motivating approach to students. It gets them involved and holds their attention longer. Children usually learn and retain more knowledge using role play.
2. Removal of Student – teacher Polarization:
Students actually engage in the learning process rather than passive receiver of knowledge.
3. Simulation as a Universal Behavioral Mode:
Children learn the most from play when they have skilled teachers who are well-trained in understanding how play contributes to learning.
4. Gains Related to Relevance and Learning:
Games provide a safe artificial environment within which learners with low self-esteem may feel more inclined to explore, investigate and express themselves.
5. Decision – Making:
It is similar to the real life experience; the problems that students will be found in the real life can be stimulated. So, the students try to solve the problem and make a decision from among alternatives to achieve a particular object.
6. Role Awareness:
Many games enable players to embody different characters thus helping to breed attitudes of tolerance and understanding.
7. An Interdisciplinary View:
Simulation provides a valuable link between activities within the classroom and life outside school. Such a connection will help to make students to have better understanding to see the world in different perspective.
8. Dynamic Framework:
Games can be used to teach content that it is very difficult to teach in the classroom. Simulation offers different technique from the others it can deliver all kind of issues which cannot be limited by time perspectives.
9. Bridging the Gap to Reality:
Simulation help teacher to connect the teaching material to the student’s real world and encourage the students to make a relation between the knowledge that they have already had with the application in their life as a member of society.
10. Gestalt Communication:
The power of simulations is to transpose the normal classroom into an authentic setting where skills can be evaluated under more realistic conditions. It prepares students to be able to face the complexity in the real world.
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