Using Simulations to Enhance Online Learning
Julie Gilliam and Towanda Jones presented a poster session for the 2007 New Media Consortium (NMC) Conference held in Indianapolis, Indiana, on June 6-9, 2007, entitled "Using Simulations to Enhance Online Learning." The purpose of the poster session was to showcase how University of Maryland University College is currently using online simulations to enrich digital classrooms where students work in virtual laboratories.
At the conference, Julie and Towanda presented the Teleologic's San Luis Rey Homeland Security Exercise, Course Development and Design's Crime Scene game and OPNET'S IT Guru networking lab exercises through a flash kiosk learning object. The participants were able to view first-hand the actual simulations and get a sense of how the simulations enhance online learning.
The response to the poster session was positive and enthusiastic. The session was visited by over 150 conference attendees. In addition to the three simulation demonstrations, handouts were distributed with detailed explanations of how each simulation is used in the classroom, along with learning objectives, and student's feedback about the simulations. A number of attendees inquired about the work that UMUC is doing with online learning. Many participants were interesting in learning how OPNET'S IT Guru networking lab exercises, the Crime Scene Game and San Luis Rey homeland security exercise could provide an alternative method of giving students hands-on lab experience through online delivery.
If UMUC faculty would like more information on how these simulations might enhance their classroom, please contact a CSI staff member.
For information on the New Media Consortium, please visit the NMC website.