Simulator training & assessing for todays mariners

Todays simulators have improved greatly over the last decade. Simulators presently offer a platform for mariners to preform tasks in a virtual world, which otherwise would be expensive, time consuming and a risk had it been done in real time.

It is imperative that each of the training methods used is assessed by engaging the course participants in a feedback process , this ensures that the training is effective and that  trainees get the required knowledge and skills as planned.

Simulator Training can be imparted in different ways, but it is essential to match the training methods to the situation.

This process should focus on four levels of training outcomes

Reaction, learning, behavior and results.

As Ben Franklin quoted Tell me & I forget. Teach me & I remember. Involve me & I learn.

The growing need for Toars on bridge simulators

Simulation assessments merit a system that is comprehensive, valid and reliable to assess the necessary elements along with the critical knowledge and skills of a mariner to validate that  they can demonstrate proficiently in a realistic setting.

At Maritime Toar Assessments Inc. the assessment process in itself is important in curriculum development as well feedback & learning. Our examiners have found that these standards have been efficient in assessing professionalism, communication, procedural drills and maneuvering skills.

Ideally, simulation developers should reflect on the purpose of the exercise to determine if the focus is on teaching ,if so then the assessing should focus on performance criteria with an understanding for a skill set based on the experience of the training.