The Efficacy of Simulations

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"Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand." -- Chinese proverb As the Chinese proverb reminds us, people learn best when they can participate actively in the learning process instead of merely reading texts or listening to lectures. Simulations and role-playing activities offer another benefit to students and employees, not only enabling them to gain real-world experience but do so without incurring potentially expensive, harmful, or even fatal consequences. Doctors do not have to worry about life-threatening errors made on virtual patients, information technology employees can test hardware with virtual models, and call center workers can make several attempts to handle situations correctly when they practice with virtual customers (Zielinski, 2010). Organizations such as food service provider Sodexo are pleased with the results they have achieved by using new 3-D technologies to stage learning events. The company estimated that virtual training saved 900 employee work days and $1.8 million in travel costs (Zielinski). However, many trainers still believe that the personal touch is essential to effective training. While technology can be flashy, entertaining, and provide a singularly consistent training experience for all participants, many people believe there is no real substitute for live human beings. It seems to be a matter of corporate preference; a case can be made either way for technology and tradition. It depends
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