Simulation training is not a new concept. It’s found in a variety of industries from healthcare to aerospace to manufacturing. Yes, even manufacturers are turning to simulation training to help upskill and onboard their staff. Training in a safe and enriching digital environment that mimics real-life scenarios has many benefits. But, how does it compare to traditional classroom lectures?

The Key Takeaways

It goes without saying that a digital environment is safer than learning on live machinery. Trainees can make mistakes without worrying about hurting themselves, others, or equipment. The scenario can be repeated over and over again until the trainee fully grasps the situation. In a lecture, only certain scenarios are covered and are often subject to teacher bias. The teacher will emphasize and teach the situations that they feel are the most important. With simulation training, the trainee encounters a variety of learning events free of biases.

Simulation training contributes to deep learning. Deep learning, as opposed to surface learning, tries to establish understanding. Surface learning, on the other hand, emphasizes memorization. In simulation training, trainees interact with new concepts through participation. In a lecture, students are expected to take notes on a subject. This passive form of learning does not provide hands-on experience.

This hands-on experience is integral for increasing retention rates. Gamified training software provides an engaging environment, which helps trainees retain more. When trainees learn passively, like listening in a lecture, their attention tends to wander. Simulation training keeps tactile and kinesthetic learners engaged while lectures tend to favour the audio-visual learners.

Simulation Training vs Classroom Lectures

Feedback is an important mechanism for learning, and it’s one of the key differences between simulation training and classroom lectures. In a lecture setting, meaningful feedback is often delayed until an assignment is handed back. On the other hand, simulation training provides instant feedback. Trainees can understand exactly what they did wrong or right and can adjust right way.  

Another thing to keep in mind is that not everyone is at the same skill level. Sometimes the trainee is brand new to the concept. Then there are the veteran employees who already have some knowledge, but are looking to upskill. In a lecture, each class is taught for one skill level at a time. Simulation training can be adjusted to different skill levels from beginner to advanced. Plus, trainees can work at their own pace and on their own computer instead of being subjected to class schedules.

Summing it Up

Simulation training has many advantages over classroom lectures. It varies in learning scenarios and difficulty levels. It is programmable in multiple languages. It is engaging and stimulating. But, the most important thing is that it’s safe. It promotes problem solving skills in a digital environment where mistakes can be made without any negative consequences. It is active learning. Lectures tend to be more passive. They’re subject to teacher bias. They’re taught in one language and for one skill level at a time. They aren’t great for participation, either. Lectures are useful for certain types of learning, but for something like electrical troubleshooting, simulation training has the advantage.



Simulation training vs. classroom lectures

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