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Tags: Vol. 1, Issue 2, December 2020

Since the start of the lockdown in March, the Sim Lab team has been away from their usual technology and have had to adapt their existing simulation content for online delivery.

Experiential Learning Facilitators Megan Oquias and Christopher Rugo, began working with e-learning authoring tools such as Adobe Captivate to develop interactive modules that could be integrated into Blackboard. Using pre-existing video content produced in-house, the team designed the modules to mimic the types of interactions students would normally have in a face-to-face context. Within each module, students can progress through a scenario using clickable interactive elements (e.g., pre-defined verbal options), which can then be tracked and recorded for review by the instructor. Based on the student selections within the module, each scenario is designed to provide one of multiple outcomes.

Since the summer, the Sim Lab team has supported a total of five courses in this capacity and plans to support an additional five courses in the upcoming winter semester. The 22 students who responded to a survey in the summer all stated that the modules were helpful for assignment completion and easy to follow.

If you are interested in learning more about the online modules, or have any questions, please contact the Sim Lab team at

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