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Introduction to Simulation Learning in Emergency and Disaster Management

Introduction to Simulation Learning in Emergency and Disaster Management
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Author(s): Nicole K. Drumhiller (American Public University System, USA), Terri L. Wilkin (American Public University System, USA) and Karen V. Srba (Saint Francis University, USA)
Copyright: 2021
Pages: 26
Source title: Simulation and Game-Based Learning in Emergency and Disaster Management
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Nicole K. Drumhiller (American Public University System, USA), Terri L. Wilkin (American Public University System, USA) and Karen V. Srba (Saint Francis University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-4087-9.ch001

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Abstract

Simulation and game-based learning is an essential learning application especially as it pertains to a high-stakes field like emergency and disaster management. Introducing real-life learning applications into the classroom allows the learner to make critical decisions at different points throughout a simulation providing practical learning that leads to a cognitive understanding of the material. These simulated practices ensure memory and longer retention of these events or tasks, a requirement to ensure that learning transpires. Likewise, these simulations also place the learner under acute stress, something that replicates the stress felt during real-life disasters. Therefore, it is crucial to have students apply what they have learned in simulations as a demonstration of their learning. These learned skills are essential for students to be marketable and thrive in a career field where decision-making, problem-solving, and critical thinking are vital for their success.

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