Simulations and the Future of Learning: An Innovative (and Perhaps Revolutionary) Approach to e-Learning

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John Wiley & Sons, Oct 27, 2003 - Business & Economics - 304 pages
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Simulations and the Future of Learning offers trainers and educators the information and perspective they need to understand, design, build, and deploy computer simulations for this generation. Looking back on his recent first-hand experience as lead designer for an advanced leadership development simulation, author Clark Aldrich has created a detailed case study of the creation and deployment of an e-learning simulation that had the development cycle of a modern computer game. With this book Aldrich, a leader in the e-learning field, has created an intriguing roadmap for the future of learning while taking us along on an entertaining rollercoaster ride of trial and error, success and failure. Simulations and the Future of Learning outlines the design principles and critical decisions around any simulation's components— the interface, the physics and animation systems, the artificial intelligence, and sets and figures. Using this accessible resource, readers will learn how to create and evaluate successful simulations that have the following characteristics: authentic and relevant scenarios; applied pressure situations that tap user's emotion and force them to act; a sense of unrestricted options; and replayability.
 

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Contents

1 Do You Want Fries with that eLearning?
1
Part One The Simulation Way
11
Part Two Modeling Reality
95
Part Three Philosophical and Technical Realities
171
Part Four The Way Ahead
209
Epilogue Looking Back at Schools
229
Glossary
237
Appendix One Raw Leadership Content
247
Appendix Two Organized Leadership Content
257
Index
269
About the Author
281
Pfeiffer Publications Guide
283
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Clark Aldrich is one of e-learning's most influential leaders. Analyst, columnist, author, speaker, entrepreneur, consultant, he recently lead the international team that created SimuLearn's Virtual Leader, a "concept car" that redefines e-learning's boundaries. Aldrich was the former research director at the Gartner Group where he was responsible for launching and building their e-learning coverage. He has was called out as an e-learning guru by Fortune and chosen as one of both Training magazine's and ASTD's visionaries of the industry.

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