A simulation is a computerized model of a real or imagined system that is designed to teach how the system works. Unlike tutorials, in which the teaching structure is built into the package, learners using simulations usually must choose tasks to do and the order in which to do them. Alessi and Trollip (2001) identify two types of simulations: those that teach about something and those that teach how to do something. They further divide the "about" simulations into physical and iterative types and the "how to" simulations into procedural and situational types (Roblyer, 2010).
Simulations That Teach About Something
Simulations That Teach How To Do Something
Benefits of Simulations
Limitations and Problems Related to Simulations
How to Use Simulations in Teaching
Roblyer, M.D.,Doering, A.H. (2010). Integrating educational technology into teaching (5th ed.) Boston: Allyn & Bacon.