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Learning contract management and administration using a simulated game environment

Agapiou, Andrew and Maharg, P. and Nicol, Emma (2009) Learning contract management and administration using a simulated game environment. In: Information Visualisation Conference 09, 2009-07-14 - 2009-07-17.

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Abstract

Built Environment education entails the acquisition of complex technical knowledge by students. Currently, the conventional lecture format is the dominant educational method used, with the main principle being that of information transfer. As the required knowledge base increases, so the ability of the students to effectively absorb and use information is reduced. There is, therefore, an identifiable need to establish alternative modes of learning for students. To address this challenge, Strathclyde University has developed an approach to professional simulations called SIMPLE (SIMulated Professional Learning Environment). One aspect of the project focuses on developing an interactive digital, simulated learning environment to enable postgraduate Architecture students to learn some aspects of the Management, Practice and Law syllabus. This paper describes the design, pedagogical structure, implementation and evaluation of the SIMPLE simulation within this module. The results of the evaluation show that the teaching strategies of critical observation followed by critical imitation help students understand the transition from knowledge of first principles as presented in lectures to applied knowledge.