One of the most successful new instructional tools to be researched and applied to safety education is “simulation learning.” Simulation learning allows learners to test their knowledge of instructional materials using online interactive, scenario-based simulations. In any given scenario, students may select from a number of possible actions, each of which results in further situations and possibilities based on the learner’s choice.
Based on its review of the science, the Red Cross incorporated simulation learning into its workplace, aquatics and healthcare training. It is the only preparedness training organization to offer simulation learning. Simulation learning offers students four key training advantage:
- A no-risk experience where learners can test their knowledge of health and safety materials with no fear of harming the victim or themselves.
- Real-world scenarios that stimulate students to retain information more efficiently and effectively.
- Deeper cognitive effects that lead to confident and automatic responses essential for first responders.
- Benefits of blended learning that allow students to train anytime and anywhere they have access to a computer, which allows more in-class time to practice and refine skills with an instructor.
For every minute that a collapsed coworker, suffering a heart attack, doesn’t receive effective defibrillation, chances of survival plummets by 10 percent. So having workers with the right training will make a defining difference in a patient’s outcome.