Simulations & Experiential Learning
Simulations can be used to provide a fertile learning environment for students. The use of simulated activities in diversity education is widely becoming recognized as an important tool for creating inclusive workplace cultures.
- Simulations remove the element of danger from the situation. For example, you can "interact" with a Bengal tiger in a simulation quite safely.
- Simulations can be paused, whereas real life cannot. Pausing allows more time for students to assess what's going on.
Activities that promote learning tend to meet the following criteria:
- They simulate an activity that is "real", and so it can be said that they are "virtually real". They simulate the activity so well that there is little difference between the simulated environment and the real one, and the same kind of learning experience can take place.
- They are "hands-on", involving everyone so they become participants, not mere listeners or observers. Participants learn better from their own experiences than having others' experiences related to them.
- They are motivators for learning. Participants involvement in the activity is so deep that interest in learning more about the activity or its subject matter develops.
- They are tailored to the environment. When simulations are designed specifically for their audience, they can take developmental requirements into consideration.
- They are inspirational. Group input is welcome and activities are designed to encourage participants to enhance the activity by contributing their own ideas.
- They are developmentally valid. Simulations take into account the group’s developmental level.
- They are empowering. Participants take on responsible roles, find ways to succeed, and develop problem solving tools as a result of the interaction.
The role of Compass Consulting Services, LLC in our simulations is to present the facts, manage the logistics and guide participants to connect their learnings to work enviroment. Participants experience real time examples of how to champion inclusion, and leave the simulation with a variety of tools and resources to continue to working towards change.
For more information on how these services can help you, your organization, and/or your team, please contact us at 216-299-7335.