Simulations are a highly effective way of helping students apply their theoretical learning to real-life scenarios under controlled conditions and within controlled environments. Simulations are a critical piece of the escalation path students take in their learning, from concepts and theory to application in a workplace setting. Simulations provide safe and repeatable environments where students can make mistakes that may be risky outside of a learning environment. They also enable students to work with a variety of different cases, equipment, and people, which might not normally be possible either in the learning environment or in the real world.
Simulations range from basic text-based case studies to very elaborate virtual environments. The key to successfully integrating simulations into the classroom is identifying the appropriate type of simulation to ensure that learners meet their learning objectives. The decision-making process also involves assessing BCIT resources, timelines and workloads, as some forms of simulations can be costly.
When choosing activities, the medium often dictates the content. For example, computers and television can represent multiple relationships that can take place simultaneously, whereas books, audio (podcasts, radio, audible books), and face-to-face teaching are usually represented in a linear sequence.