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ERIC Number: EJ1108044
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jul
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1093-023X
Learning by Doing: Using an Online Simulation Game in an International Relations Course
Epley, Jennifer
Journal of Interactive Learning Research, v27 n3 p201-218 Jul 2016
Integrating interactive learning activities into undergraduate courses is one method for increasing student interest, engagement, and skills development. Online simulation games in particular offer students the unique applied opportunity to "learn by doing" in a virtual space to further their overall knowledge base and critical thinking skills. This article examines users' experiences with Statecraft, an online simulation game, in an introductory International Relations course at a regional university. Positive student feedback and successful performances on assessments suggests that using this type of technology has benefits for select student learning outcomes provided the game is used in conjunction with traditional teaching and assessment strategies such as lectures, classroom discussions, quizzes, and writing assignments.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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