Bringing Life to Learning: Immersive Experiential Learning Simulations for Online and Blended Courses
Higher education institutions are under significant pressure to provide affordable, sustainable approaches that will prepare their students with the skills they will need after graduation to achieve success in the 21st Century workplace. Digital Media Simulations are among the new technologies that have emerged with the promise to help institutions better prepare students by providing them with valuable experiential learning opportunities that are easily scalable, reusable, and uniquely suited to enable instructors to assess students while simultaneously providing them with authentic student-centered learning journeys that increase student engagement. This paper shares data from one Digital Media Simulation episode piloted by two cohorts of undergraduate business students at the State University of New York (SUNY), Empire State College. Results from this pilot demonstrate that Digital Media Simulations effectively increased student engagement and promoted deeper learning.