The Use of Simulations and Gaming in Online Courses

By Richard Michael Kesner.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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Published online: May 2, 2014 $US5.00

Learning simulations and games pre-date the computer age and have been prevalent in teaching business management, diplomacy, engineering, language studies, medicine, military science, supply-chain management, and many other content areas for some time. This article considers the topic of simulations and gaming as these terms apply to the development of learning experiences that complement other aspects of higher education online course design and delivery. To begin I provide a brief survey of the varied ways that educators have approached online learning simulation and game design over the recent past, including illustrative strategies for the effective incorporation of simulations into higher education online courses. Next, I review current best practices in educational simulation development and then explore simple yet effective ways to create small-scale simulations to facilitate particular aspects of student learning.

Keywords: Online Education, Learning Simulations, Learning Tools, Interactive Learning Experiences

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 7, Issue 1, May 2014, pp.11-31. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 2, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 614.114KB)).

Dr. Richard Michael Kesner

Executive Professor of MIS, Supply Chain and Information Management Group, College of Business Administration, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, USA

Dr. Richard M. Kesner serves Northeastern University as an executive professor in the Department of Supply Chain and Information Management within the D’Amore-McKim School of Business. He was named a Center for Practice Oriented Education (POE) fellow, 2006-7. Prior to his Northeastern appointment, Richard served as the president and chief operating officer of CELT Corporation, and he has also served as a senior IT executive for Northeastern University, MetLife, Babson College, Multibank (now part of Bank of America), and the Faxon Company.


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