Using an online simulation to address equity issues for off-campus students

Hardy, Mat and Totman, Sally 2013, Using an online simulation to address equity issues for off-campus students, in Outlooks and opportunities in blended and distance learning, IGI Global, Hershey, Pennsylvania, pp.139-153.

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Title Using an online simulation to address equity issues for off-campus students
Author(s) Hardy, Mat
Totman, Sally
Title of book Outlooks and opportunities in blended and distance learning
Editor(s) Tynan, Belinda
Willems, Julie
James, Rosalind
james,
Publication date 2013
Series Advances in mobile and distance learning (AMDL) book series
Chapter number 11
Total chapters 29
Start page 139
End page 153
Total pages 15
Publisher IGI Global
Place of Publication Hershey, Pennsylvania
Keyword(s) role play
politics
online collaboration
simulation
Middle East
distance education
off-campus
Summary The Middle East Politics Simulation (MEPS) is an online role-play exercise aimed at providing students with an improved level of understanding of the political dimensions of the Middle East, including the complexities of negotiation and decision making that face actors in this turbulent region. An online version of MEPS has been running since 1993, initially from Macquarie University, and since 2008 from Deakin University. This longevity provides a useful longitudinal perspective on utilising a collaborative online workplace to offer enhanced learning outcomes in the study of a political topic. The wholly online nature of the simulation means that students of all study modes and even different institutions can participate and benefit equally, thus negating some of the disadvantages faced by off-campus students in learning and assessment. Additionally, the student experience and depth of learning provided by the simulation constitute an excellent example of using the strengths of an e-learning environment to offer an alternative method of engaging and assessing students, which may be beneficial for accommodating the needs of those with differing learning styles.
ISBN 1466642076
9781466642072
Language eng
Field of Research 130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy
160607 International Relations
Socio Economic Objective 930201 Pedagogy
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
HERDC collection year 2013
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30056857

Document type: Book Chapter
Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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