Teaching with Technology

This area of research stems from my interest in innovative pedagogical approaches. Over the past few years I have worked with my colleague Dr. Elizabeth De Santo to create a full-scale simulated negotiation for our second-year course on global environmental politics.  We relied on e-learning technologies to create a highly interactive online component designed to replicate the dynamism that characterizes the real-world negotiation of Multi-lateral Environmental Agreements. We then used pre- and post- surveys to measure the specific knowledge, experience, and skills that are enhanced through the simulation. These surveys have generated rigorous empirical evidence that isolates the specific mechanisms through which simulations influence learning, critical thinking, and skill development. Our results provide insight into the effectiveness of integrating online technologies into the delivery of the simulation, as well as best practices for using e-learning tools effectively.