ERIC Number: EJ1134629
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Virtual Learning Environments in Social Psychology: Using "The SIMs[superscript 3]" to Teach Self-Related Processes
Stansbury, Jessica A.
Teaching of Psychology, v44 n2 p124-133 Apr 2017
An interactive learning module was developed and implemented in a social psychology course to teach concepts of the "self" via self-exploration and game play using "The SIMS[superscript 3]." Students volunteered to play the computer video game throughout a 5-week summer session as a supplement to reading the chapter in the textbook. Results revealed that students who played the game demonstrated a significant increase in content knowledge compared to those who engaged in other active learning projects; interestingly, students who played the game reported lower levels of confidence with course material. Student's overall perceived experience (e.g., engagement, fun) of the learning module was also explored.
Descriptors: Social Psychology, Virtual Classrooms, Educational Games, Video Games, Summer Schools, Instructional Effectiveness, Active Learning, Student Attitudes, Student Experience, Computer Simulation, Undergraduate Students, Learning Activities, Statistical Analysis, Pretests Posttests, Knowledge Level, Likert Scales
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