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Design Decisions Political Science

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Design Decisions Political Science

  1. 1. 8 DIMENSIONS Characteristics of Role Play Design – 77 design decisions Political Science Online Role PlayDESIGNERS Designed by a team: Multi-discipline Multi-institution Educational developers Branding/naming CONTEXT Student enrolment status: All on-campus All off-campus Mixed Cross Campus Cross Institutional Cross Disciplinary Cross Borders Total duration including online and f2f components plus final assessment task 5 weeks Duration of online role play interaction only 3 weeks Function of f2f with teacher: Briefing & role adoption Computer lab time scheduled Regular progress meetings scheduled Regular meetings scheduled in role Culminates in peace delegation or formal meeting in role to aid consensus Culminates in presentation but not necessarily in role Culminates in a debrief Approximate number of students in largest class 340ROLES Maximum number of roles 15 Type of role: Stakeholder organization Stakeholder organization - name changed or removed or composite to protect identity Stakeholder title Stakeholder title & fictitious name Real person Real person - name changed Real person – historical Fictional Private agendas as well as public agendas Students publish role profile: None Position statement only Profile “in” role Profile “about” role Student chooses own role  Roles are played anonymously  Moderator plays “in role”  Students in multiple roles  Teams play one role:  note: team members are thus not anonymous to each other Single site Multi sitePROBLEM Types of scenario: Real & current Based on real world Real & historical Fictional Multiple Episodes Daily News Money TransactionsASSESSMENT Role play optional e.g. can opt out & take exam instead  Percentage of total assessment 35%MODERATION Resolution process: Moderator decides Moderator in role decides One student role decides Derole & Debrief: Stay in role Face to face group debrief Videotaped group debrief Written reflection Permission needed from moderator for some actions  Tutors as extra moderators  Interventionist moderator RULES Participant obligations  Private meeting spaces SUPPORT Student Guide  Moderator Guide  Team building activities  Materials or Learning Objects provided: Real documents Fictional documents Grey literature (from academic’s research) Based on real world Created by students Multimedia/video Platform: LMS Yahoo/Hotmail Custom built in-house Hosted service e.g. Fablusi Second Life/3D Virtual World 1

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