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Reimagining Engagement: Adapting In-Person Simulations for Synchronous Classrooms

Reimagining Engagement: Adapting In-Person Simulations for Synchronous Classrooms
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Author(s): Terra Gargano (American University, USA) and Edward E. Timke (Duke University, USA)
Copyright: 2022
Volume: 12
Issue: 1
Pages: 18
Source title: International Journal of Online Pedagogy and Course Design (IJOPCD)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: Chia-Wen Tsai (Ming Chuan University, Taiwan) and Pei-Di Shen (Ming Chuan University, Taiwan)
DOI: 10.4018/IJOPCD.2022010104


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This article explores how to successfully adapt simulations developed for traditional classrooms for synchronous platforms. Acknowledging the importance of the co-construction of knowledge and the impact of active learning in classrooms, this article explores instructional design approaches, logistical issues, and pedagogical considerations for translating successful in-person simulations to online synchronous learning environments. An example from a graduate level intercultural communication course is described as a platform for addressing lessons learned and sharing best practices. By reimagining five areas of adaptation, including materials, technology, grouping students, communication, and the role of the facilitator, faculty can examine critical junctures at the intersection of content knowledge, technology know-how, training pedagogy, and instructional design to conduct successful synchronous simulations.

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