Using online roleplay simulations for teaching sustainability principles to engineering students

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dc.contributor.author Maier, Holger en_US
dc.contributor.author Baron, J en_US
dc.contributor.author Mclaughlan, Robert en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-14T07:44:34Z
dc.date.available 2010-05-14T07:44:34Z
dc.date.created 2010-05-14T07:44:34Z en_US
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.date.issued 2007 en_US
dc.identifier 2006014727 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Maier Holger, Baron J, and Mclaughlan Robert 2007, 'Using online roleplay simulations for teaching sustainability principles to engineering students', Dublin Institute of Technology, Tempus Publications, vol. 23, no. 6, pp. 1162-1171. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0949-149X en_US
dc.identifier.other C1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/6161
dc.description.abstract Developing in students a deep understanding of the concept of sustainability, and how it applies to engineering, is a difficult task. Here we introduce a novel framework for developing online roleplay simulations for teaching sustainability principles to engineering students, based on a systems model of sustainability. Application of the framework is illustrated with a case study, the Mekong e-Sim, which is an online roleplay simulation set around proposed development issues in the Mekong region of South-East Asia. In 2005, the e-Sim was centred on public inquiries into two proposed development issues, including the Nam Theun II hydropower dam in Laos and the proposed Lancang project in China. The latter includes the blasting of rapids to improve river navigation and the construction of a large hydropower dam. The recommendations in relation to the proposed developments were to proceed with the Nam Theun II dam, but that approval of the Lancang project was unlikely. An evaluation of the 2005 Mekong e-Sim revealed that there was a high degree of interaction between roles about the social, environmental and economic issues surrounding the two proposed hydropower projects, and that the e-Sim was able to develop (i) awareness of the complexity of, and need for, sustainable development, (ii) the ability to see engineering issues from multiple perspectives, (iii) an understanding of the political, social, economic and scientific dimensions of engineering decision-making and (iv) a better understanding of the meaning of sustainable development. en_US
dc.publisher Dublin Institute of Technology, Tempus Publications en_US
dc.relation.isbasedon http://www.ijee.ie/previous.html en_US
dc.title Using online roleplay simulations for teaching sustainability principles to engineering students en_US
dc.parent International Journal of Engineering Education en_US
dc.journal.volume 23 en_US
dc.journal.number 6 en_US
dc.publocation Ireland en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 1162 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 1171 en_US
dc.cauo.name FEIT.School of Civil and Environmental Engineering en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 130300 en_US
dc.personcode 0000025040 en_US
dc.personcode 0000035420 en_US
dc.personcode 921007 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name Specialist Studies in Education en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.description.keywords ONLINE ROLEPLAY SIMULATION (E-SIM); GENERIC SKILLS; SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT; MEKONG E-SIM; ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING en_US
dc.staffid 921007 en_US


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