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Designing online role plays with a focus on story development to support engagement and critical learning for higher education students

Dracup, Mary 2012, Designing online role plays with a focus on story development to support engagement and critical learning for higher education students, Journal of learning design, vol. 5, no. 2, Special issue : The borderless classroom, pp. 12-24.

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Title Designing online role plays with a focus on story development to support engagement and critical learning for higher education students
Author(s) Dracup, Mary
Journal name Journal of learning design
Volume number 5
Issue number 2
Season Special issue : The borderless classroom
Start page 12
End page 24
Total pages 13
Publisher Queensland University of Technology
Place of publication Brisbane, Qld.
Publication date 2012-09-19
ISSN 1832-8342
Keyword(s) narrative
role play
online drama
critical literacy
higher education
Summary Online role plays, as they are designed for use in higher education in Australia and internationally, are active and authentic learning activities (Wills, Leigh & Ip, 2011). In online role plays, students take a character role in developing a story that serves as a metaphor for real-life experience in order to develop a potentially wide range of subject-related and generic learning outcomes. The characteristics of these stories are rarely considered as factors in the design―and success―of these activities. The unspoken cultural assumptions, norms and rules in the stories that impact on the meanings students make from their experiences are also rarely scrutinised in the online role play literature. This paper presents findings from a case study of an asynchronous text-based online role play involving politics and journalism students from three Australian universities. The findings highlight the centrality of students’ collaborative story-building activity to their engagement and learning, including their development of critical perspectives. The study underlines the importance of certain aspects of the role play's design to support students' story-building activity.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
Socio Economic Objective 939902 Education and Training Theory and Methodology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Queensland University of Technology
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30048449

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