Praxis: Computer Assisted Simulation

Praxis simulations provide students with an immersive, interactive first-person perspective of an unfolding scenario or event. Critical thinking is required, as learners apply theories and lessons learned while encountering challenging decision points.

Learning is enhanced when individuals are engaged. Simulations can be an effective way to involve individuals in the learning process. Simulation training has proven invaluable as a means of developing critical incident decision-making skills; conveying deeper conceptual understanding of complex, dynamic processes; and developing strong, highly functioning individuals and teams.

Learners gain valuable insight and understanding as they experience the outcomes and consequences of their decisions. The experience and knowledge gained can be transferred to inform better decision making in the future. Read a story on how Praxis was used by Westminster Savings Credit Union in its business continuity planning.

Praxis control roomPraxis was awarded the "Excellence and Innovation in Overall Use of Technology for Learning and Teaching" in 2011 from the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education.

Why Praxis?

Praxis is designed to deliver interactive, problem-based immersive scenarios. Critical thinking is required, as learners apply policies, procedures, standards and lessons learned while encountering challenging decision points. Individuals gain valuable insight and understanding as they experience the outcomes and consequences of their decisions. Praxis provides an effective way to transfer knowledge, in a low-risk environment, where it is otherwise impractical, dangerous, or expensive to provide learning through real-life, on-the-job experience. The experience and knowledge gained can be transferred to inform better decision making in the future.

Participants receive information, complete tasks and make decisions within prescribed timeframes. All activities, decisions and rationales for decisions are captured and saved to a database for participants and facilitators to review and learn from in a safe, consequence free environment. Because it’s a web-based, Praxis training can be delivered at any location there is high speed Internet on standard computers.

Praxis:

  • Is web-based, allowing for the delivery of simulations anytime, anywhere
  • Brings critical incidents to life
  • Conveys a deeper conceptual understanding of complex, dynamic processes
  • Develops the skills to manage the complexities and stress of a critical incident or major event
  • Refines critical incident decision-making skills
  • Assists in the development of strong, highly functioning individuals and teams

Praxis screenWhy Simulated Training?

Simulated training is one of the most cost and time effective methodologies for knowledge and skills acquisition. Simulations enable discovery, experimentation, role modelling, and practice in a low-risk environment that may otherwise be too dangerous or expensive to acquire through real-life experience.

Praxis simulations provide an opportunity to practice for even the most unforeseen contingency, emerging as an effective way to train personnel at all the levels of responsibility, and to both develop and assess new tactics, techniques or procedures, and evaluate efficiency.

For more information about Praxis simulations, contact Bob Walker at rwalker@jibc.ca

Last updated November 2, 2015