Student Ratings of Different Virtual World Learning Simulations

My “picks” for the best types of virtual world simulations DID NOT equal my students’ “picks”! More specifically, my top picks include:

  • 3D Economics Models;
  • Free Trade Game; and
  • “Follow the Yellow Brick Road” Monetary Policy Dioramma.

In contrast, my students’ top picks include:

  • Meet the Economist;
  • Gender Dynamics in the Workplace; and
  • In-World Resources (Like In-World Vocabulary Flash Cards and Slide Shows).
* = “Dark Horse” (or unexpectedly positive) finding.
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3D Economics Models:
(1) Interactive = 4.4
(2) Engaging = 4.4
(3) > Learning = 4.4
Meet the Economist*:
(1) Interactive = 4.6
(2) Engaging = 4.6
(3) > Learning = 4.6
Free Trade Game:
(1) Interactive = 4.0
(2) Engaging = 4.0
(3) > Learning = 4.0
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Gender Dynamics*:
(1) Interactive = 5.0
(2) Engaging = 5.0
(3) > Learning = 5.0
“Leave-a-Bot” Behind:
(1) Interactive = 4.5
(2) Engaging = 4.0
(3) > Learning = 4.5
Monetary Policy “Oz:”
(1) Interactive = 4.2
(2) Engaging = 4.2
(3) > Learning = 4.2


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Monopoly Challenge:
(1) Interactive = 3.8
(2) Engaging = 4.0
(3) > Learning = 4.0
Problem Solver:
(1) Interactive = 4.3
(2) Engaging = 4.3
(3) > Learning = 4.3
Slide Shows*:
(1) Interactive = 5.0
(2) Engaging = 5.0
(3) > Learning = 5.0
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“Terms” Flash Cards*:
(1) Interactive = 5.0
(2) Engaging = 5.0
(3) > Learning = 5.0
“Whatever It Takes”:
(1) Interactive = 4.5
(2) Engaging = 4.5
(3) > Learning = 4.5
Whistle-blower Case:
(1) Interactive = 4.5
(2) Engaging = 4.5
(3) > Learning = 4.5
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In-World Discussions:
(1) Interactive = 5.0
(2) Engaging = 4.5
(3) > Learning = 5.0
Text Discussions:
(1) Interactive = 4.0
(2) Engaging = 4.0
(3) > Learning = 3.6
Classroom Instruction:
(1) Interactive = 4.0
(2) Engaging = 3.5
(3) > Learning = 4.4