Developing a Web 2.0 technology for hazard response simulation

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/345152
Title:
Developing a Web 2.0 technology for hazard response simulation
Authors:
Miller, Servel ( 0000-0002-3979-8510 ) ; France, Derek
Abstract:
Students studying disaster/hazard management in UK Higher Education institutions (HEi's) traditionally focus on hazard mapping and process analysis, but have limited opportunities to develop their risk communication skills which are required during emergency response situations. These skills are vital for the real world and employment. Opportunities to develop risk communication skills are not readily available to students during their studies as employers are reluctant to offer placements due to legal barriers. Therefore, universities have to develop tools to provide students with this vital ‘real-world’ experience. Over the last two years, the department of Geography & Development Studies at the University of Chester has begun to explore and evaluate the role of the Web 2.0 tool, Yammer (microblogging/communication tool) for natural hazard (volcano) simulation exercises. This paper highlights the continuing development of the natural hazard simulation exercise through input from external emergency/contingency practitioners locally and internationally to enhance its usability. Input from practitioners has resulted in the adaptation of the tool to flooding hazard emergency response and to other geographically based scenarios (e.g. crime analysis). The input from professionals in the field has enhanced the quality of the exercise/tool as well as providing students with vital employability skills currently used in the workplace of hazard management. Feedback from students highlighted their feeling of a ‘real-life’ pressure situation in which ‘real-time’ decisions have to be made in response to a rapidly changing environment. At the same time they indicated that their experience was stimulating, fun, innovative and enabled networking and interactive opportunities between tutors and students. The development of the Web 2.0 simulation tool through contributions from practitioners and an assessment as to whether the use of such technologies enhances student-learning experience is the focus of this paper.
Affiliation:
University of Chester
Citation:
Proceedings of the HEA STEM Learning and Teaching Conference, 2012
Publisher:
Higher Education Academy
Publication Date:
2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/345152
Additional Links:
http://www.heacademy.ac.uk
Type:
Article; Meetings and Proceedings
Language:
en
Description:
Published version used with permission from Higher Education Academy. Miller, S., & France, D. Proceedings of the HEA STEM Learning and Teaching Conference, 2012.
Sponsors:
Higher Education Academy
Appears in Collections:
Geography and Development Studies

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorMiller, Servelen
dc.contributor.authorFrance, Dereken
dc.date.accessioned2015-02-24T14:43:34Zen
dc.date.available2015-02-24T14:43:34Zen
dc.date.issued2012en
dc.identifier.citationProceedings of the HEA STEM Learning and Teaching Conference, 2012en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/345152en
dc.descriptionPublished version used with permission from Higher Education Academy. Miller, S., & France, D. Proceedings of the HEA STEM Learning and Teaching Conference, 2012.en
dc.description.abstractStudents studying disaster/hazard management in UK Higher Education institutions (HEi's) traditionally focus on hazard mapping and process analysis, but have limited opportunities to develop their risk communication skills which are required during emergency response situations. These skills are vital for the real world and employment. Opportunities to develop risk communication skills are not readily available to students during their studies as employers are reluctant to offer placements due to legal barriers. Therefore, universities have to develop tools to provide students with this vital ‘real-world’ experience. Over the last two years, the department of Geography & Development Studies at the University of Chester has begun to explore and evaluate the role of the Web 2.0 tool, Yammer (microblogging/communication tool) for natural hazard (volcano) simulation exercises. This paper highlights the continuing development of the natural hazard simulation exercise through input from external emergency/contingency practitioners locally and internationally to enhance its usability. Input from practitioners has resulted in the adaptation of the tool to flooding hazard emergency response and to other geographically based scenarios (e.g. crime analysis). The input from professionals in the field has enhanced the quality of the exercise/tool as well as providing students with vital employability skills currently used in the workplace of hazard management. Feedback from students highlighted their feeling of a ‘real-life’ pressure situation in which ‘real-time’ decisions have to be made in response to a rapidly changing environment. At the same time they indicated that their experience was stimulating, fun, innovative and enabled networking and interactive opportunities between tutors and students. The development of the Web 2.0 simulation tool through contributions from practitioners and an assessment as to whether the use of such technologies enhances student-learning experience is the focus of this paper.en
dc.description.sponsorshipHigher Education Academyen
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherHigher Education Academyen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.heacademy.ac.uken
dc.subjectWeb 2.0en
dc.subjecthazardsen
dc.subjectsimulated learningen
dc.subjectrisk communicationen
dc.titleDeveloping a Web 2.0 technology for hazard response simulationen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.typeMeetings and Proceedingsen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chesteren
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