What is web-based simulation?

How does it work to help learners?

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Written by Cherry Vanderbeke
Updated over a week ago

"Simulation" means imitating a situation or process, often for the purpose of training.

With our SIMTICS platform, we've developed easy-to-access simulations that run online, in any of the main web browsers. SIMTICS simulations let you learn clinical and medical imaging skills and procedures without needing to have access to real equipment, consumables or a patient.

Web-based simulation is a great way to bridge the gap after you've learned the theory about a skill or procedure from lectures and textbooks, and before you have to do it in a lab or even in real life. Because it's available anytime online, you can take as much time as you need to get up to speed. And you can fit your learning in when you have available time. Also, if you make mistakes while you're learning - which is quite normal! - there's no-one looking over your shoulder, and you won't be hurting anyone!

You also won't be using up resources and consumables while you're learning and practicing.

The way our simulations work is that each skill or procedure is broken down into its component steps. At each step of the procedure you choose what to do, what equipment or consumables to use, what part of the anatomy is appropriate, and so on. SIMTICS will guide you while you're learning and practicing, and when you're ready you can move on to do a simulation test. We provide a Practice Mode so you can take a mock test first, to check that you do know the procedure steps. Then you would use Test Mode, where you will be given a scenario at random and have to demonstrate that you know the steps, without needing guidance.

SIMTICS tracks everything in your personal logbook - the study time for each module, and your quiz and simulation scores. It even tracks any errors you make in the simulations, so you can see where you need to focus to get a better score next time.

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