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ERIC Number: EJ858409
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-1552-3233
Preparing Graduate Students for Virtual World Simulations: Exploring the Potential of an Emerging Technology
Hewitt, Anne M.; Spencer, Susan; Mirliss, Danielle; Twal, Riad
Innovate: Journal of Online Education, v5 n6 Aug-Sep 2009
Anne M. Hewitt, Susan Spencer, Danielle Mirliss, and Riad Twal report on a collaborative team initiative to create a virtual world emergency preparedness simulation that focuses on crisis and emergency risk communication (CERC). CERC is a key competency for students enrolled in Seton Hall University's (SHU) Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) on-campus and on-line programs. Historically, skill-building scenarios designed to teach emergency preparedness have used a tabletop exercise format but no virtual counterpart has been available for online students. Realizing a need to provide online students with the same learning opportunities offered to on-campus students, Hewitt, Spencer, Mirliss, and Twal designed and implemented a virtual tabletop exercise for online MHA students. Their work suggests that a virtual world can provide an engaging, learning-intensive alternative to face-to-face scenario exercises. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
Fischler School of Education and Human Services. Nova Southeastern University, 1750 NE 167th Street, North Miami Beach, FL 33162. Tel: 800-986-3223; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey