Higher Education

Teaching with simulations

Teaching with simulations

This guide is centred on using simulations in education. It gives practical advice specifically in the use of simulations, highlighting areas for consideration across three key stages:

Planning Wheel - Planning, Implementing, Evaluating


How will I deliver the simulation? Will the simulation be played in teams or as individuals? What learning needs am I trying to meet with the simulation that canít be met with more traditional methods? Will my institutional WiFi work? And perhaps most importantly, what am I using simulation for?


At this stage there are still a number of issues that may arise. Therefore, this part of the guide highlights issues and offers experience-based advice on how to approach them.


Evaluating is important in two ways: it allows you to determine the success of the activity, and it allows for better-informed planning the next time you are running a simulation activity.

About the author

Jason Evans Profile PictureJason Evans is a member of the Economics & Strategy Group at Aston Business School where he lectures in International Business and Strategic Management. Prior to this he was a Senior Lecturer in Strategy and Change at the University of Gloucestershire Business School, where he was also Course Leader for Post-Graduate Certificate and Diploma courses in Management and, later, Course Leader for the MBA programme. Jason is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the Chartered Management Institute.