Mining simulators, like CAE Terra™, train future and existing operators to work with a variety of complex mining equipment in a virtual setting. Recently, the U.S. Army has expressed interest in a deployable version of this program to prepare Soldiers for using similar machines in emergencies or local projects.
Originally released in 1989, SimCity has captured the planning spirits of gamers for decades. Earlier this year, Electronic Arts and GlassLab released a special edition of the game’s latest version: SimCityEDU. This classroom-tailored version allows educators to design scenarios to help students learn about real-world problems while also training their collaboration and decision-making skills.
Medical institutions, including Stanford’s Center for Advanced Pediatric and Perinatal Education, use medical simulations to train the cognitive and behavioral skills of health care professionals. A mix of physical and virtual simulations is implemented to teach skills from resuscitation and life support to transporting critical patients and delivering babies.
So, why do trainers supplement traditional training with virtual environments? Some of the reasons include:
- Saves money on classroom space, physical equipment, and by preventing user errors.
- Prepares students for out-of-the-norm situations that he or she may not encounter during training.
- Provides a great way to refresh previous training.
- Promotes consistency among teachers and trainees.