Enhance Student Learning with Simulations

LMS Preconference Session 3 – 3:30 – 4:20 pm

Location: MU: Stouffer Lounge


SIDLIT Session 3 – 2:00 – 3:00 pm

Location: McCartney Hall 230

Have you considered using a learning simulation in your course? Three instructional designers introduce attendees to simulations used in Ottawa University programs and share processes for evaluating and selecting simulations, implementing them, and assessing the learning experience. We share examples for enhancing courses in biology, human resources, and nursing.

Presented by
April Robbs, Ottawa University, april.robbs@ottawa.edu
Jason Williams, 
Suzan Rhoades,

Presenter Bio(s)
April Robbs is an Instructional Designer who joined the Ottawa University, Overland Park Campus in 2015. Her major contributions at Ottawa University include developing a resource library for subject matter experts and online instructors and helped implementing Shadow Health in both the undergraduate and graduate level health assessment courses. She strives to promote professional collaboration with subject matter experts in course design in order to produce effective, well-designed courses. April holds certifications from Blackboard in Content Management GUI Administration and Community Engagement GUI Administration. She is also a VoiceThread Certified Educator.

Jason Williams is an Instructional Designer with Ottawa University who designs and supports courses across a wide scope of disciplines. As a designer, Jason works with subject matter experts to create new courses and revise existing courses to ensure quality and consistency. Throughout his 15 years of experience in higher education, Jason has served in various capacities related to online and blended learning, including adjunct faculty training and academic technology management. He offices at the Phoenix Campus.

Suzan Rhoades joined the Ottawa University, Phoenix Campus in October 2018. She earned her BA in Multicultural Education, with a minor in Mathematics, from Arizona State University in Tempe Arizona and later earned an MA in Technology Education from Northern Arizona University Online. By day, Rhoades is an Instructional Designer on the Ottawa University Instructional Design & Academic Technology Team. In addition, she teaches Educational Technology in the Educational Specialties Master of Education Program online for NAU. Suzan has a passion for incorporating instructional technology into everything she does.

Session Type: LMS: Student Success & Engagement | Blackboard | Presentation (50 min.)

Keywords: Third-party plug-ins, Teaching and learning strategies via LMSes, Virtual learning communities, Student engagement and LMSes, Instructional designer work and LMSes

Intended Audiences: Administrator, Instructional Designer, Instructor / Faculty /Teacher, Educational Technologist | K12,Higher Ed, Private Sector | Intermediate

Targeted Learning: Attendees will learn how to enhance their courses with simulations. This will include evaluating simulations, implementing them in a course and/or LMS, and assessing the learning experience.