Simulations for learning

Simulation is imitation of reality. In Cambridge dictionary simulation is: “a model of a set of problems or events that can be used to teach someone how to do something, or the process of making such a model”.

Simulation training is a good way to practice hand skills and it also excellent way to learn team work and communication skills. In Metropolia University of Applied Sciences there are several different simulations. In the field of Health Care simulations are used diversely because it is safer to train in simulation-based learning environment before training with humans. In Finland simulations are used especially in the fields of Health Care, Civil Engineering, Logistics and Natural Resources and the Environment.

When you write about simulations, videos tell more than written text. In simulation for midwifes can be seen how different things can be simulated: monitoring the fetus and during childbirth. In simulation for Emergency Care is seen also the teachers work in the simulation learning environment (0:48). Teacher gives students a case to solve, monitors them during the simulation and after simulations give them feedback. TaitoPro is learning environtment where students are able to learn clinical skills with simulators and virtual programmes. There is also PharmaPro simulator for learning Pharmacotherapy in safe environment. A hospital day in simulation center gives a hint of how well the multiprofessional simulations may work.

The problem with simulations is that simulation centers are expensive to build and personnel needs to be trained to use the technology. There is always a risk that technology fails and simulation can’t be held.

References:
Cambridge Dictionary
Metropolia
Ammattipeda – simulaatiot

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