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Simulation and serious games for firefighter training: challenges for effective use
Högskolan i Bergen, Norge.
Myndighetens för Samhällsskydd och Beredskap.
University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Media and Design. (LINA, DigitaL)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5996-7668
2016 (English)In: NOKOBIT - Norsk konferanse for organisasjoners bruk av informasjonsteknologi, ISSN 1892-0748, E-ISSN 1894-7719, Vol. 24, no 1, 1-12 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

One of the main criteria of effectively managing emergency and crisis situations is good preparedness. Simulation and serious games (SSG) are often advocated as promising technologies supporting training and increasing the skills necessary to deal with new, complex and often unexpected situations. This paper is based on an investigation of why a seemingly appropriate SSG technology was not used long after procurement. We identified potential obstacles and challenges of SSG implementation in organizations responsible for societal safety. The focus is on fire fighter training and is based on 33 interviews with major stakeholders from seven countries, from organizations with successful as well as unsuccessful experiences of SSG use. By contrasting the different incentives and views regarding the technology use, this paper contributes to a better understanding of challenges related to SSG implementation and use. The results confirm the possible benefits of SSGs, but also highlight an urgent need for new approaches to integrate these new technologies into organizational practices. Only by formulating local, organizational strategies with the SSG use can the technology be implemented successfully

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2016. Vol. 24, no 1, 1-12 p.
Keyword [en]
Emergency management; training; technology introduction; simulation; serious games; gamification
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Information Systems, Social aspects
Research subject
Work Integrated Learning; SOCIAL SCIENCE, Informatics
URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-10228OAI: diva2:1052567
Region Västra Götaland
Available from: 2016-12-07 Created: 2016-12-07 Last updated: 2016-12-22Bibliographically approved

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