Residential Teaching/Learning Resource
To ensure role-playing is a learning activity instead
of just a game or entertainment, the online role-play
moderator needs to recognise learning opportunities.
The online role-play moderator fosters learning opportunities
by providing suggestions or highlighting relevant theory
and resources to the roles. The online role-play moderator
should promote reflection and consideration of alternatives.
However when suggesting alternatives (always plural!),
it is important to ensure that the learner takes responsibility
themselves for their roles actions. Since online
role-play fits well with domains where there are no
black and white answers, the online role-play moderator
should keep an open mind. Even actions which seem unlikely
to occur should be allowed either for the sake of "what-if"
testing or for the sake of creating counter examples
which are useful when debriefing.
A hyperlink or good working relationship with your
Learning Resource Centre (Librarian) will provide
excellent learning support for your participants.
Simon O'Mallon, DMIT