………..by Dr. Elyssebeth Leigh
A training simulation is a virtual medium through which various types of skills can be acquired. Training simulations can be used in a wide variety of genres; however they are most commonly used in corporate situations to improve business awareness and management skills. They are also common in academic environments as an integrated part of a business or management course.
The word simulation implies an imitation of a real-life process, usually via a computer or other technological device, but also structured role plays, in order to provide a life-like experience. This has proven to be a very reliable and successful method of training in thousands of industries worldwide.
They can be used both to allow specialization in a certain area, and to educate individuals in the workings of the sectors as a whole, making training simulations incredibly versatile. It is important to emphasize that training simulations are not just games; their aim is to educate and inform in an exciting and memorable way, rather than purely to entertain.