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A Framework for Designing Instructional Computer-Based Simulations: Research-Based Strategies for Appropriate Design

, University of Tampa, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Vancouver, BC, Canada ISBN 978-1-939797-24-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


In education and training, instructional computer-based simulations allow learners to interact with the model of a system and help them conceptualize complex and abstract concepts. Ideally, computer-based simulations help learners develop deeper knowledge and more reflective thinking. This paper discusses instructional computer-based simulations from an instructional design perspective. In this paper, the researcher addresses the role of instructional computer-based simulations in education and training, including the advantages and disadvantages of this type of educational technology strategy. Additionally, the researcher discusses a framework for designing instructional computer-based simulations that considers design affordances such as the simulation scenario, interface development, and level of fidelity. This paper provides an overview of instructional computer-based simulations and discusses key design principles for enhancing their effectiveness.


Romero-Hall, E. (2016). A Framework for Designing Instructional Computer-Based Simulations: Research-Based Strategies for Appropriate Design. In Proceedings of EdMedia 2016--World Conference on Educational Media and Technology (pp. 1604-1611). Vancouver, BC, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved December 16, 2018 from .

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