DEFINITION: A form of evidence gathering that involves the candidate in completing or dealing with a task, activity or problem in an off-the-job situation that replicates the workplace context. Simulations vary from recreating realistic workplace situations such as in the use of flight simulators, through the creation of role-plays based on workplace scenarios to the reconstruction of a business situation on a spreadsheet. In developing simulations, the emphasis is not so much on reproducing the external circumstance but on creating situations in which candidates are able to demonstrate:
- technical skills
- underpinning knowledge
- generic skills such as decision making and problem solving
- workplace practices such as effective communication.
SOURCE: IBSA Council Ldt (2015). VET Glossary. Part of a suite of support materials for the TAE Training and Education Training Package, 4th edition.