Beach 2030 begins the era of simulation learning

We’ve already written about many great conversations surrounding new possibilities in virtual collaboration by 2030, but virtual and augmented reality technologies promise even further-reaching implications for the learning curriculums of the future.

The concept of technological simulations of real-world events has been around for as long as computers, but as the tools of artificial intelligence and AR/VR mature, they are crossing thresholds of usefulness for training and experiential learning opportunities.

Gaby suggests enhancing simulation capabilities for clinical skills, and several others chimed in with different ways this could help personal development and collaboration.

In 2030, it would be exciting to use Virtual Reality (VR) as a way to simulate events that we would encounter as future clinicians where we could practice and develop our clinical skills. #DEPTOFSLP

Advanced Simulation rooms where one can experience different scenarios they may encounter within their field. #BASW

It would be great to create environments that simulate actual work environments with people from other majors/colleges

Terri M. Carbaugh and Camille Williams took the simulation scenario a step further, envisioning broad-reaching opportunities for journalists, historians and political advocates with these new tools.

In 2030, reporters & bloggers experience faculty research at CSULB's virtual reality (VR) center. Here, they’ll track coyotes in OC suburbs, sharks along LB shorelines, hear Cole compositions & students speaking romantic languages. #TechnologyCampus It would be cool if we could incorporate VR technology into our learning. For example, one day we are learning about sharks or the Civil Rights Movement, then we are right there in the middle of the ocean or marching during a protest!

Kristy Nguyen proposes a more somber but no less important application of simulation activities — to help students and staff prepare for any number of natural or human-caused disasters that CSULB may encounter in the coming decades.

Shadow Imagination: Kristy Nguyen says "Not truly preparing students and staff for a community disaster,such as shooting and earthquake,while on campus. We need an actual simulation day, how to react and practice preparedness, rather than just a How to/Prevention Video. #StudentWellbeing What we have now is NOT enough!"

Will Beach 2030 lead the way in new simulation-based learning and training? Keep the discussion going!