During the pandemic, I have seen increasing interest in educational simulations. It makes sense. As students moved online, instructors needed new ways to assess the skills they were learning. At the same time, teachers were scrambling to shift their lesson plans and instructional delivery to support remote learning on top of their normal work, so they needed tools that were “auto-assessable.”
Educational simulations did seem like they were created to meet the needs of the moment when the whole country was suddenly thrust into remote learning, but they are excellent tools for assessing complex arrays of inter-related skills in in-person courses, too–and can even be powerful and deep learning experiences on their own.
Here are a few things to keep in mind to make sure you—and your students—are getting the most out of educational simulations.