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Training disaster communication by means of serious games in virtual environments

By Nina Haferkamp, Nicole Kraemer, Conor Linehan and Massimiliano Schembri

Abstract

The training of social skills in organizational settings has become more and more important for an effective communicative exchange between members of staff. Especially in companies where the line of communication has to be fast and unmistakable, e.g. in crisis management units, the regular training of communication skills is therefore indispensable. The DREAD-ED project proposes an innovative, technology-based teaching methodology to meet these needs. The methodology provides a serious game which enables its users to train soft skills in a virtual environment under safe conditions. The current paper presents the results of two trials conducted with crisis managers and university students in Germany

Topics: G440 Human-computer Interaction, X990 Education not elsewhere classified
Publisher: Elsevier
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.entcom.2010.12.009
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lincoln.ac.uk:4020
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