Book Chapter

Online Simulations Enhance Learning and Class Relationships Through Shared Embodied Experiences

Catherine Smith

Teaching, Technology, and Teacher Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Stories from the Field | AACE-Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education | Published : 2020


This article details the use of simulations to enable embodiment and affect in learning and teaching. It explains how simulation was successful as an asynchronous learning task for Master of Education students studying current approaches to student wellbeing while situated in a number of countries. Online simulations as part of a universal design of learning provide a personalized yet shared experience for students regardless of geography, resulting in rich, reflexive online discussions that can build the supportive relationships that promote learning, even in times of crisis.