As simulations gain traction in both in-person and remote classrooms, a multimedia author explains how he ensures they speak to all students.
In 2016 I had the opportunity to write one of the very first educational simulations I would ever work on. It was about a global pandemic, and it allowed students in our College of Health Professions to make choices such as talking to a popular local pastor to boost vaccination rates among the public.
While some folks may look back on that as a harbinger of hard times to come, I think of it as an early experience with something that's become my favorite duty: writing simulations. As the multimedia writer for program development at Western Governors University I've picked up a few best practices along the way to ensure our simulations are inclusive and engaging.