ERIC Number: EJ726282
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Exploring the Potential of Web-Based Social Process Experiential Simulations
Shortridge, Ann; Sabo, George
Journal of Educational Multimedia and Hypermedia, v14 n4 p375-390 Oct 2005
In the fall of 1996, the Arkansas Archeological Survey and the Department of Foreign Languages at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville received a $180,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities Teaching With Technology program. The goal of this grant initiative was to encourage creation of content-rich, computer-based materials for teaching history, literature, and languages. The grant team produced a CD-ROM called First Encounters: Native Americans and Europeans in the Mississippi Valley. The CD-ROM was designed to teach students how to critically evaluate differing multicultural perspectives using historical sources. A post-development evaluation of these materials yielded favorable student ratings and successful learning outcomes, however we decided to add a second generation of instructional improvements. The primary goal of this article is to describe the implementation and preliminary evaluation of one of these improvements, a web-based social process experiential simulation prototype called Two Worlds. Two Worlds was designed to enhance critical thinking by engaging users to explore a digital micro-world, participate in role-plays, and construct mind maps through and with collaborative electronic tools.
Descriptors: Internet, Grants, Educational Technology, United States History, History Instruction, Multicultural Education, Web Based Instruction, Computer Peripherals, Critical Thinking, Computer Simulation, Teaching Methods, French, Spanish, Second Language Learning, Social Influences, Role Playing
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, P.O. Box 1545, Chesapeake, VA 23327-1545. Tel: 757-366-5606.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas; Mississippi