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Teaching an old game new tricks : long-term feedback on a re-designed online role play

Hardy, Matthew and Totman, Sall 2016, Teaching an old game new tricks : long-term feedback on a re-designed online role play, British journal of educational technology, In press, pp. 1-13, doi: 10.1111/bjet.12498.

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Title Teaching an old game new tricks : long-term feedback on a re-designed online role play
Author(s) Hardy, Matthew
Totman, Sall
Journal name British journal of educational technology
Season In press
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Place of publication Chichester, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 0007-1013
1467-8535
Summary Despite an extensive history of use in teaching Political Science subjects, long-term scholarly studies of online role plays are uncommon. This paper redresses that balance by presenting five years of data on the Middle East Politics Simulation. This online role play has been run since the 1990s and underwent significant technical upgrade in 2013-14. The data presented here covers student feedback to this upgrade process and the factors that can influence their response. Key indications are that students tend to recognise when something is fit (or not) for its purpose and will forgo attractive and well-appointed online environments if the underlying learning exercise is valued. However, there are limits to this minimalism and whilst designers do not need to replicate every Internet trend, attention needs to be paid to broader changes in technology, such as access platform and changing avenues of political communication. The study demonstrates that long-term monitoring of online role play exercises is important to allow informed changes to be implemented and their impacts properly assessed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/bjet.12498
Field of Research 130205 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl Economics, Business and Management)
130306 Educational Technology and Computing
1303 Specialist Studies In Education
Socio Economic Objective 930201 Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, British Educational Research Association
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30085593

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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