Unleash physical limitations: Virtual emergency preparedness planning simulation training, methodology and a case study

Xiang Yao, Joseph A. Konopka, Arthur H. Hendela, Michael Chumer, Murray Turoff

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6 Scopus citations

Abstract

Simulation is perhaps the most widely used method for training emergency management workers. Despite its wide application, traditional simulation suffers from several constraints and limitations, which motivate us to pursue a different way - virtual simulation, as an alternative and supplement for the traditional training method. Utilization of groupware, network, and other information technologies makes virtual simulation more flexible and easier to prepare. Although virtual simulation can overcome some of the constraints related to physical simulation, so far there are little evidences that this new method can achieve similar or even better training effects compared with traditional simulation training method. To test the effects of this new training approach and the methodology to run it, several pilot trials have been conducted in the U.S. and Europe. This article is an exploratory study of a pilot emergency preparedness planning virtual simulation conducted in NJIT in late 2004. This study will help us understand the nature of virtual simulation, and help us improve the theories and designs of virtual simulation for emergency preparedness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAssociation for Information Systems - 11th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2005
Subtitle of host publicationA Conference on a Human Scale
Pages848-857
Number of pages10
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
Event11th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2005 - Omaha, NE, United States
Duration: Aug 11 2005Aug 15 2005

Publication series

NameAssociation for Information Systems - 11th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2005: A Conference on a Human Scale
Volume2

Other

Other11th Americas Conference on Information Systems, AMCIS 2005
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityOmaha, NE
Period8/11/058/15/05

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems
  • Library and Information Sciences

Keywords

  • Emergency management
  • Training
  • Virtual simulation

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