At the Knowledge Centre for Welfare & Assistive Technology West Denmark, we work with simulation in a way, which includes modern user-oriented welfare technology and modern teaching technology as part of the overall teaching approach.
We base our teaching around credible and realistic situations in which the students are able to gain experience by operating the welfare technology they come across in practice.
Simulation is a pedagogic tool that accommodates the many different ways in which students learn. At the same time, simulation also supports professional goals and the students’ own personal learning objectives.
By working with simulations, students are able to learn through practical experience and reflection, which enables them to make important connections between theoretical knowledge and practical competencies. Simulation-based training provides a space where mistakes are permissible, and where students can repeat exercises in a safe learning environment.
Simulations are often based on cases which entail realistic issues, thereby offering the opportunity to imitate almost all essential components of a situation taken from real practice, so that it can be experienced in an authentic and credible way. As a result, students will be better equipped to understand and handle challenges when faced with similar situations in their future practice.
Simulations consist of three phases:
- Briefing – preparation of the situation
- Scenario – the practical execution of a given situation
- Debriefing – a review of the situation which offers space for reflection, enabling students to develop their repertoire of actions going forward