Using online roleplay simulations for teaching sustainability principles to engineering students

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dc.contributor.author Maier, H
dc.contributor.author Baron, J
dc.contributor.author McLaughlan, RG
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-14T07:44:34Z
dc.date.created 2010-05-14T07:44:34Z en_US
dc.date.issued 2007-01
dc.identifier.citation International Journal of Engineering Education, 2007, 23 (6), pp. 1162 - 1171
dc.identifier.issn 0949-149X
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.
dc.publisher Dublin Institute of Technology, Tempus Publications
dc.title Using online roleplay simulations for teaching sustainability principles to engineering students
dc.type Journal Article
dc.parent International Journal of Engineering Education
dc.journal.volume 6
dc.journal.volume 23
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 1303 Specialist Studies In Education
dc.personcode 921007
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.description.keywords ONLINE ROLEPLAY SIMULATION (E-SIM)
dc.description.keywords GENERIC SKILLS
dc.description.keywords SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
dc.description.keywords MEKONG E-SIM
dc.description.keywords ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING
dc.description.keywords ONLINE ROLEPLAY SIMULATION (E-SIM)
dc.description.keywords GENERIC SKILLS
dc.description.keywords SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
dc.description.keywords MEKONG E-SIM
dc.description.keywords ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology/School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Technology in Wastewater Treatment
utslib.copyright.status Open Access
utslib.copyright.date 2015-04-15 12:23:47.074767+10


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