Stockton University Simulation Initiative (SUSI)
What Are Simulations?
Simulations are "an educational strategy in which a particular set of conditions are created or replicated to resemble authentic situations that are possible in real life (INACSL 2015)." Actors are used to create scenarios learners may be confronted with in the working environment.
Simulations Can Assist In:
- Comprehension and refinement of lessons taught in class
- Interaction skills with clientele
- Interpersonal communications
- Decision making & critical thinking
- Practical application of learning
- Hands on experience
- Having a safe environment to practice skills
Due to the nature of the preparation needed for simulations and the need to recruit actors, it is required that all of this information is prepared and submitted to the Simulation Coordinator at least 1 month before the first day of the simulation.
Planning Tips for Successful Simulations:
- Clearly identify learning outcomes
- Create a description of the planned scenario
- Provide background information and expectations for the actors
- Determine the number of actors needed
- Determine an estimate of the length of each simulation
- Identify the number of learners participating in each simulation
- Select the date(s) that it will take place
- Submit all information to Simulation Coordinator at least 1 month in advance