Simulation-based learning is a constructivist learning model that provides learners with an experience of working on an usually simplified simulated world or system. This approach, widely adopted in military and aviation to maximize training safety and minimize risk, is today used extensively, especially in the medical education.
Simulation-based learning involves learning performed in a computer environment, in which the learner gradually infers the features of the concept model whilst he/she proceeds through the simulation, which may lead to changes in his/her original concept.
Download the simulation from https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/bending-light;
Follow the protocol instructions and record the observations and measurements made;
Record the findings and the answer to the question or problem issues.
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Ton de Jong, Instruction Based on Computer Simulations and Virtual Laboratories, in: Richard Mayer, Patricia Alexander (Ed.), Handbook of Research on Learning and Instruction, p.502-521 (Routledge 2017).