Online Learning Update

October 21, 2012

UC online learning program gains momentum

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

By Nicole Freeling, University of California

This spring, students enrolling in UCLA professor Susanne Lohmann’s popular course on Diversity, Disagreement and Democracy — usually taught in a lecture hall — had another option: an online format that allowed them to explore key concepts through multi-player gaming. Students explored the dynamics of decision-making in situations where individuals’ real identities are unknown. The online environment enabled the students to complete more exercises, and to do so in larger groups, than was possible in a face-to-face environment, according to Lohmann. “It was a great class,” said Judson Aiken, who graduated from UCLA in June and now works in risk advisory at Ernst & Young. “It was really interesting to play these games and get these tangible, real-world results.”

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