Forum report: Successfully applying simulation in education
On 26 March 2015 a one-day conference on “Simulation in der Ausbildung erfolgreich anwenden” [Successfully applying simulation in education] was held in Hamburg. Matthias Meyer was kind enough to send on the following report.
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Managers often have to take instantaneous decisions. In addition, complex environments cause decision situations where not all consequences of a decision are immediately visible. Experience proves to be a decisive advantage in such situations, and sometimes even necessary for successful action. Simulations provide an increasingly important way to build upon and extend such experience. In a virtual environment, interdependencies and consequences of decisions are shown—without risk for decision-makers and their environment or adverse impact on real processes. Therefore, simulation is increasingly recognized as a key technology in training and education.
In this context, the second Forum took place on 26 March 2015 organized by Prof. Dr. Matthias Meyer, Institute of Management Control and Accounting at the Hamburg University of Technology, Dr. Jan Spitzner of Spitzner Consulting, and the German Armed Forces Staff College. It was held at the Manfred-Wörner-Zentrum (MWZ) at the Clausewitz barracks. The Forum seeks to foster dialogue, networking and interdisciplinary exchange between civilian research institutions and leaders of the private sector. In the previous year, the topic “Agent-based Simulation” was focus. This year the meeting was about the successful use of simulation in training.
In the morning the participants of the Forum had the opportunity to gain practical experience in various modules on the topic of simulation:
- Module A:
- Dynamic case study simulation for sustainable organizational learning in the consumer goods industry, by Prof. Dr. Jan-Philipp Büchler, FH Dortmund.
- Module B:
- Analyzing complex contexts quantitative and qualitative – Experience from practice and live demo of the iMODELER, by Franc Grimm, CONSIDEO GmbH.
- Module C:
- Flying blind into the crises? Recognizing extreme stress scenarios with stochastic simulation methods, by Frank Romeike, RiskNET GmbG.
In the afternoon, four key-notes were given on current issues in the context of the Forum in MWZ.
- An important trend in business and education is “gamification”. As Professor Ralf Hebecker, Professor of Game Design and Production at the University of Applied Sciences Hamburg, clearly stated in his lecture “Roles and games – Learning with Games”, gaming is learning.
- Business games are a proven methodology, and businesses use simulation intensively. Philipp Richter from VW Financial Services presented “Application experience of Europe’s first computer-based leasing business game”.
- Udo Keuter, head of training at Airbus Defence and Space and a Lieutenant Colonel, enabled mission-related insights into the use of “Simulation in training through networked mission and tactics training for joint operations” for “construction, maintenance and expansion of mission skills”.
- Lieutenant Colonel Sven Gringel of the Department of Military Leadership and Organization suggested in his paper “Board game based wargaming in the leadership training at the FüAkBw” a connection to the first lecture and showed that the FüAkBw integrated very successfully manual simulation variants into teaching, in addition to highly specialized computer-based simulation systems for training of the armed forces.