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Ashland University’s simulation project incorporated the complex interactions of a conversation simulation and created a series of “sub-conversations” within the simulation activity. An additional strength of simulation learning is the ability to present events, decisions, and outcomes at an accelerated speed, and compress or eliminate irrelevant details (Hertil&Millis, 2002). This allowed the simulation created to encompass a complex series of events that developed over time.

While simulation-based learning is not a new instructional tool, the use of digital technology to create a personalized, immersive experience is an exciting new application to enhance student learning. Through their participation in an Educational Administration Simulation Project, graduate students became the administrator and were presented with information and complex situations through the use of interactive video. Even more significantly, with their first decision students began an administrative journey whose outcomes and consequences were directly related to the individual decisions that preceded it.

Developing the simulation

After evaluating numerous software options, the researchers decided to use SimWriter by NexLearn, LLC of Wichita, Kansas. SimWriter is “Flash-based” software that allows the designer to concentrate on the simulation rather than complex programming code. Complete simulation structures can be quickly mapped and examined prior to “dropping in” the various media, which allows rapid development of project ideas like the one used in this research project.

The software compiles and builds the entire project in one of three formats: Executable (.exe), Browser (.html), and Flash (.swf), and allows for testing from any point in the simulation on the fly and in any of the three formats. SimWriter exports scoring information to a learning management system used for online based learning in three formats – SCORM 1.2, SCORM 2004, and AICC, which conformed institutional needs. The software includes a “Pack and Send” feature that zips the entire project and attaches it to an email for external review making for easier collaboration on projects, and uses a media manager to automatically link files.

At the institutional level, the researchers were able to “drop” the simulation into the university’s learning management system (Angel) with ease. SimWriter creates simulations which merge with this system quickly and easily by converting the projects into a SCORM 1.2 package. Another compelling feature of the software is the ability to create simulations as text only or enhanced with audio or video elements, allowing for the creation of simulations for specific learning goals using a wide range of technical capabilities.

The researchers created the first simulation for testing during the 2008-2009 school year. The initial step was to create the case study situation and the relevant demographic, political, and social factors that impacted the decisions to be made. It was important that the “story line” of the simulation have complex and diverse dimensions that lent themselves to the many possible outcomes required in the virtual experience. The case needed to be both realistic and believable, yet have many subtle nuances through which an individual’s unique perspectives could be filtered. As a starting point, the researchers examined many of the cases presented in Case Studies on Educational Administration by Dr. Theodore Kowalski (2008). By examining Dr. Kowalski’s cases both individually and collectively, the researchers were able to establish a foundation from which to build the resulting simulation.

Questions & Answers

Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
On having this app for quite a bit time, Haven't realised there's a chat room in it.
what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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