Exploiting the web for education: An anonymous asynchronous role simulation

Mark A. Freeman, John M. Capper

Abstract


Whilst not all the possibilities of face to face teaching can be replicated on the World Wide Web, some can be undertaken which are impossible face to face. A role simulation, a hybrid of a role play and a simulation, is one such possibility. Students can engage asynchronously as well as synchronously. Participants in group exercises can be identified or anonymous. Moderation can be direct or with minimal interference. A role simulation, integrated into a flexible learning sequence in a graduate business subject, provides one example of exploiting the unique features of this emerging technology. Factors which would be potentially deleterious in a face to face context, such as those of gender, ethnicity and language proficiency, were ameliorated. A pilot test with a small cohort allowed the gathering of extensive data by means of interviews as well as survey methods. Positive learning outcomes and enthusiastic student and staff reactions suggest that other disciplines would also benefit from a similar innovative use of the web.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.14742/ajet.1849

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