Identifying learning transfer in simulations without access to real world performance measures
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
Faculty of Education and Arts
Office of Assoc Dean - Teaching and Learning (FEA)/Centre for Higher Education Learning and Teaching Research
This paper reports on research undertaken to determine the degree of learning transfer for a 3D simulation environment situated within a problem-based learning pedagogy for emergency evacuation training in an underground mining facility. Owing to the operational constraints of the mining facility, methods for measuring learning transfer were employed which did not require performance evaluation in the real world environment. Transfer measures that examined simulator performance relative to real world experience, fidelity assessment, and appraisal of the training value of the platform were employed for this purpose. Triangulation of results across all three measures indicated the presence of learning transfer, suggesting the viability of such measures in instances in which real world performance testing is not possible.