Simulations in learning

It’s a powerful thing to create simulations for learning: but not something to be taken on lightly. Whilst there are many ways they can add great value, they are not a panacea. Designed well, they can reflect reality: they can provide a space for rehearsal and experimentation. They can trigger habitual responses and allow us to explore mechanisms to modify these.


But they can be abstract: fun, but not effective. Like games for learning: they may get engagement, but not deliver a quantifiable change. They need context, need to be related back to our everyday reality. We need to help draw the meaning out.

And they need authenticity: too extreme, to unbelievable, and they become entertainment or abstract.

I’m working with a group all this week who specialise in simulations for learning. An exciting chance to reflect on this further.

About julianstodd

Author, Artist, Researcher, and Founder of Sea Salt Learning. My work explores the context of the Social Age and the intersection of formal and social systems.
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