Presentation on theme: "EDT321EDT321 1 Summer Session Technology for Learning Instructional Simulations."— Presentation transcript:
EDT321EDT321 1 Summer Session Technology for Learning Instructional Simulations
EDT321EDT321 2 Summer Session Can you use a computer to learn to… fly a plane? dissect a frog? shut down a nuclear plant in an emergency? perform knee replacement surgery?
EDT321EDT321 3 Summer Session Where are simulations used? Telecommunication Business and finance Transportation Defense and military Health/Medical Education Weather forecasting Etc.
EDT321EDT321 4 Summer Session Objectives Describe how simulation is used for learning Evaluate the instructional soundness of three web-based simulations
EDT321EDT321 5 Summer Session Definition Model of something real Not real itself Can be manipulated by the user Provides feedback for actions
EDT321EDT321 6 Summer Session Games and Demonstrations Games can be simulations Demonstrations can be simulations Not all games and demonstrations are simulations Must simulate something real Must allow for user interaction
EDT321EDT321 7 Summer Session Simulation Types Animation or spatial models If-then process models Scenario-based, role-playing What-if interactive models Virtual reality or immersive simulation Hands-on software practice
EDT321EDT321 8 Summer Session Instructional Simulations Goals or objectives for knowledge or behavior Skill or concept will be used in a real world setting Complexity appropriate for learning objectives Allows problem-solving or decision- making opportunity Feedback about progress is provided
EDT321EDT321 9 Summer Session How does a simulation work? Replicates or imitates some aspect of the world or environment Requires learner interaction Allows practice until mastered Provides feedback for actions
EDT321EDT321 10 Summer Session Strengths Accelerates learning Anywhere access Lower costs to deliver Increases attention span Interactive Compresses time and space Safe environment Practice Feedback Hands-on learning Discovery learning Visualize complex or abstract processes Allows predictions
EDT321EDT321 11 Summer Session Weaknesses Accessibility depends on available technology Computer literacy required May need background information Costly to develop initially
EDT321EDT321 12 Summer Session Simulations for instruction Goals and directions Why simulation is being used (learning, practice, information) Awareness of final result Is the simulation user friendly?
EDT321EDT321 13 Summer Session Simulation Checklist Real Fun Accessible Clear Educational Sim 1Sim 2Sim 3 Real Fun Acc. Clear Educ. TOTAL Rate each from 1-10
EDT321EDT321 14 Summer Session Realism Simulation is relevant Feels familiar Works as expected Plausible Easy to make transfer from simulation to real world
EDT321EDT321 15 Summer Session Fun Want to keep playing, or play again Easy to use Could be personalized Some surprises Player collaboration or team competition
EDT321EDT321 16 Summer Session Accessible Works as expected on computer Loads quickly, works well No forms to fill out to begin Can be finished in time allowed Doesn’t cause frustration
EDT321EDT321 17 Summer Session Clear Instructions clear Goals stated at beginning or are obvious Decisions are linked to simulation outcomes Not biased Don’t get lost
EDT321EDT321 18 Summer Session Educational Skill or concept will be used in a real world setting Allows problem-solving or decision-making Practice available Feedback about progress is provided Knowledge of goal success
EDT321EDT321 20 Summer Session http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/mo nitor/engine2.html Roll mouse over Operating Instructions
EDT321EDT321 21 Summer Session Practice Find three web-based simulations to evaluate Use URL list (Simulation Sites) provided by instructor Complete an evaluation checklist Post the checklist to your www folder, hyperlink it to your website and send it to your instructor through the Digital Drop Box Score each category from 1 (low) to 10 (high) Your opinion only – no right or wrong answers!