Step 18 Usability Studies

As each of the above major components of the simulator has been completed, informal usability studies with the subject matter expert should be done on a frequent basis. Developers intimately familiar with a simulator may not be able to fairly judge how easy a simulator will be to use and if the simulator is adequately addressing the learning objectives defined in step 1. Repetitive testing throughout development will help to insure that developers and subject matter experts are on the same page. Once the complete package is deemed realistic, accurately measures and logs metrics, is cutout user-friendly and adequately meets the training needs defined by the subject matter expert, the simulator is ready to undergo rigorous validation studies.

FIGURE 10 ■ AHRQ sponsored centralized database for simulators, University of Washington.

FIGURE 10 ■ AHRQ sponsored centralized database for simulators, University of Washington.

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