Use of an Online Simulation to Promote Content Learning
Beverly Ray, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID, United States ; Martha Hocutt, University of West Alabama, Livingston, AL, United States ; Diana Hooley, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID, United States
IJOPCD Volume 4, Number 1, ISSN 2155-6873 Publisher: IGI Global
Educators seek effective methods of teaching concepts in ways that engage the learner. One potential method involves the use of simulations, including online simulations. In this exploratory study, researchers examined the pretest and posttest written products of 30 preservice social studies teachers to determine the amount and depth of knowledge before and after taking part in an online simulation. Results indicated that gains in knowledge from the pretest to the posttest were statistically significant, but that the depth of knowledge gained was rather limited in scope. Findings have implications for those considering using or designing online or other simulations as content learning tools in the social sciences and other educational fields.
Ray, B., Hocutt, M. & Hooley, D. (2014). Use of an Online Simulation to Promote Content Learning. International Journal of Online Pedagogy and Course Design, 4(1), 43-57. IGI Global.