Fischler College of Education: Faculty Articles

Title

A Dual Perspective in Leadership and Decision Making Through a Distance Learning Simulated City

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-3-2014

Keywords

Simulation, Distance Learning, Decision Making, Leadership, Learning Organization, Communication, Change, Collaboration, Risk Taking, Real-World Application, Vision, Mission

Publication Title

International Journal of Education and Social Sciences

ISSN

2410-5171

Volume

1

Issue/No.

3

Abstract

This article was designed to provide an in-depth perspective of a virtual simulated city utilized in a doctoral program to engage learners in the critical elements of risk taking and decision making. The distance learning course promotes critical thinking and real-world application within a safe and artificial environment. Students’ collaborative efforts created a mission and vision to base their decisions for the future landscape of the city. This simulation hones effective leadership skills in a distance learning platform. Two perspectives from both student and faculty illustrate the effectiveness of group dynamics, communication, collaboration and leadership used in a systems thinking approach.

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