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ASTD Hand Book for Workplace Learning Professionals by Elaine Biech

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aChapter 24 What Is a Simulation? The New Structure of Actions-Systems-Results
Clark Aldrich

In This Chapter

  • Learn what simulations are
  • Understand four genres of simulations
  • Learn a new way to organize simulation content

When I am in front of a group of training professionals, I usually ask them to define the word simulation. I give them a minute to think about it, and then poll the room. Frequent responses include "a model of reality," "a place to learn by doing," or most commonly, "a safe place to practice skills." Everyone agrees to the definition, including me.

I then ask, "What has been your actual experience with simulations?" It is ...

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