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Assessing Learning in Simulation-Based Environments

Since simulations approximate real-world task environments, they offer the potential of increased face validity when compared to a conventional written knowledge test. Online simulations can capture a rich stream of click-by-click data from each performer, creating the possibility of capturing a complete dynamic record of the whole task performance. Since simulations may support multiple collaborative users as well as single users, there is the possibility of using simulations to assess collaborative performance as well as single performers. Potential advantages of simulations for assessment over conventional tests are widely recognized. Potential advantages of simulation-based assessment over performance assessment using observational rubrics include scalability, improved reliability and validity, and lower per-assessment cost when implemented at scale. This entry discusses ways that simulation-based assessment is used, the design ...

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