Presentation Title

Creating simulation-based blended learning experiences

Streaming Media

Submission Type

20-minute Presentation

Abstract

This session will demonstrate the process of creating simulation-based blended learning experiences. Two simulations developed by the Language Flagship Technology Innovation Center at the University of Hawai‘i will serve as models to illustrate key features of simulation design. The first model simulation consists of a blended learning experience built around a fictitious organization. Learners go through the process of applying for a job that fits their interests and professional goals. Similarly, a simulation designed in collaboration with Bryn Mawr faculty will illustrate key pedagogical concepts and provide insights into the blended learning experience of students studying Russian.

Start Date

5-24-2018 9:00 AM

Description

Simulations provide an effective platform to immerse language learners in memorable language learning experiences. Well-designed simulations can create opportunities for learners to interact with a community of practice through project-based experiences. Existing technology tools make it possible to create highly engaging simulations that provide learners opportunities for meaningful language learning and use beyond the classroom through a multi-modal virtual experience.

This presentation is devised to inspire participants to design and implement simulations to enhance learning experiences. Using data and examples from a successful simulation, the presenters will demonstrate and share a simulation design blueprint that proved effective to conceptualize and design simulation prototypes. The main elements of the blueprint will be briefly explained using the model simulation as reference.

While considering the different elements of the blueprint, participants will learn about the theory and best pedagogical practices in the design and development of two simulations. The first one consists of a virtual experience built around a fictitious organization. Students in multiple Flagship Programs at several U.S. institutions go through the process of applying for a job and participating in a group project that suits their interests and professional goals using Chinese as the language of communication. The second one consists of a simulated TEDx event. Students at Bryn Mawr go through a talk proposal process and are guided through the conceptualization and creation of a brief, compelling presentation delivered in Russian in a face-to-face event that is broadcast online to a wider Flagship audience.

Both simulation experiences immerse learners in highly contextualized scenarios that create opportunities for them to use the target language meaningfully. Both projects additionally help students build a repertoire of strategies to overcome complex situations that require a sophisticated use of their foreign language and a deep understanding of the cultures that identify with them.

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May 24th, 9:00 AM

Creating simulation-based blended learning experiences

This session will demonstrate the process of creating simulation-based blended learning experiences. Two simulations developed by the Language Flagship Technology Innovation Center at the University of Hawai‘i will serve as models to illustrate key features of simulation design. The first model simulation consists of a blended learning experience built around a fictitious organization. Learners go through the process of applying for a job that fits their interests and professional goals. Similarly, a simulation designed in collaboration with Bryn Mawr faculty will illustrate key pedagogical concepts and provide insights into the blended learning experience of students studying Russian.