Assessing 3D Virtual World Disaster Training Through Adult Learning Theory

Lee Taylor-Nelms, Valerie Hill
2014 International Journal of Serious Games  
As role-play, virtual reality, and simulated environments gain popularity through virtual worlds such as Second Life, the importance of identifying best practices for education and emergency management training becomes necessary. Using a formal needs assessment approach, we examined the extent to which 3D virtual tornado simulation trainings follow the principles of adult learning theory employed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) National Training and Education Division.
more » ... ion Division. Through a three-fold methodology of observation, interviews, and reflection on action, 3D virtual world tornado trainings were analyzed for congruence to adult learning theory. The relationship between simulation and reality through 3D virtual world experience in a "safe" place were examined and the qualitative results confirm that 3D virtual worlds seem to align with some classic tenors of adult learning theory.
doi:10.17083/ijsg.v1i4.40 fatcat:ad5olrrjpjb5fnvvni3gf6q7lm