ERIC Number: EJ880155
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
The Impact of Content Area Focus on the Effectiveness of a Web-Based Simulation
Adcock, Amy B.; Duggan, Molly H.; Watson, Ginger S.; Belfore, Lee A.
British Journal of Educational Technology, v41 n3 p388-402 May 2010
This paper describes an assessment of a web-based interview simulation designed to teach empathetic helping skills. The system includes an animated character acting as a client and responses designed to recreate a simulated role-play, a common assessment method used for teaching these skills. The purpose of this study was to determine whether learning gains found in previous evaluations would transfer to students needing similar skill sets but in different areas of study. Findings indicate a positive trend in learning gains across both areas of study (human services and counselling) with no significant differences in skill acquisition. Developers of the system conclude that the system is effective in the general training of empathetic helping skills regardless of the students' area of study.
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Electronic Learning, Internet, Web Based Instruction, Computer Simulation, Animation, Computer Software Evaluation, Instructional Effectiveness, Program Effectiveness, Interviews, Empathy, Role Playing, Student Evaluation, Human Services, Counseling, Skill Development, Intellectual Disciplines, Helping Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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