Innovate: Journal of Online Education Volume 5, Number 6, ISSN 1552-3233
Anne M. Hewitt, Susan Spencer, Danielle Mirliss, and Riad Twal report on a collaborative team initiative to create a virtual world emergency preparedness simulation that focuses on crisis and emergency risk communication (CERC). CERC is a key competency for students enrolled in Seton Hall University's (SHU) Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) on-campus and on-line programs. Historically, skill-building scenarios designed to teach emergency preparedness have used a tabletop exercise format but no virtual counterpart has been available for online students. Realizing a need to provide online students with the same learning opportunities offered to on-campus students, Hewitt, Spencer, Mirliss, and Twal designed and implemented a virtual tabletop exercise for online MHA students. Their work suggests that a virtual world can provide an engaging, learning-intensive alternative to face-to-face scenario exercises. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
Hewitt, A.M., Spencer, S., Mirliss, D. & Twal, R. (2009). Preparing Graduate Students for Virtual World Simulations: Exploring the Potential of an Emerging Technology. Innovate: Journal of Online Education, 5(6),.