Simulations are delivered through the Internet, either with a direct connection through the Mursion platform, or by Zoom. As a result, simulations can easily be delivered almost anywhere in the world. For a direct connect, the site will download and test a small program onto the computer before the first session.
How are the simulations delivered to the site?
What equipment does an institution need to implement a simulation?
There is very little specialized equipment needed. Sites need a decent computer connected to an LCD projector or large monitor, as typically found in many classrooms. Additionally, a web camera will be needed, possibly with a long cord so that it can be placed in front of the students. A hard-wired internet connection will give the best results.
Do we need a special room to do the simulations?
Simulations can be delivered to any classroom or meeting space that has the above equipment, however, it may be easier to designate a space where all the simulations will take place. This will avoid the need to do set up such as downloading the Mursion program and setting up a webcam before each session.
What if we need a scenario that you don’t have available?
For an extra fee, you may arrange to develop specialized scenarios that work specifically for your curriculum. This will be done in conjunction with a simulation expert, and must be completed at least a month before your scheduled session. The scenarios will remain the property of SIMPACT, and will be offered for other users. Clients may not use simulations that are developed without SIMPACT participation in the SIMPACT simulator.
In group sessions, if not everyone is actually interacting with the avatar, do they actually get the full benefit of the simulation?
Research in the military field has shown that being in the room during a simulation provides similar outcomes to actually participating with the avatar. From our experience at SIMPACT, we believe that some students actually learn more from working in a supporting role because there is less pressure than when they are sitting in “the action seat.” The social learning component of group simulations is powerful, and our students report that they learn a lot from watching and supporting their colleagues in the simulator.