PIDP 3250 – Instructional Stategy Video Summary


Simulation as an instructional strategy
Simulation is an instructional strategy in which the learner is placed in a “world” defined by the teacher. Simulations promote the use of critical and evaluative thinking. The ambiguous or open ended nature of a simulation encourages students to contemplate the implications of a scenario. The situation feels real and thus leads to more engaging interaction by learners. Simulated scenarios can be scaffolded in complexity and difficulty. Students are given the opportunity to apply their knowledge, reflect on their experiences and transform those experiences into realistic goals or plans of action that are intended to foster self-direction and lifelong learning skills. In this video I will be highlighting the best practices for this strategy, describing my ‘perfect’ lesson using this strategy, the roles of the educator and learner, and the pros and cons of simulation as an instructional strategy. Simulation is a valuable teaching – learning strategy that can greatly accelerate learning through a process of repetition and increased familiarity.

This is the link to my PIDP 3250 Instructional Strategies Video:


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