Enhancing the student experience through the creation and use of authentic and accessible conflict scenarios

Mo, Amaya E., Holland, Claire, and Rafferty, Judith (2018) Enhancing the student experience through the creation and use of authentic and accessible conflict scenarios. Australian Journal of Clinical Education, 4 (1). pp. 1-17.

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Authentic conflict scenarios are an essential basis for learning activities and assessment tasks in the conflict management and resolution field. Authentic scenarios allow students to apply theories and skills to realistic situations, enhancing their learning experiences and workforce readiness. However, finding suitable conflict scenarios for use in teaching and learning is challenging due to a) Confidentiality: limiting the types of conflicts that can be used; b) Evolving resources: conflicts already in the public eye are often complex and continue to evolve which requires a great deal of effort by educators to update content, restricts the diversity of resources available, and makes it difficult to impartially present all aspects of a conflict in an engaging way; and c) Lack of engaging resources: fictitious scenarios are often presented in written text only, failing to provide interactive and engaging resources. In 2016, the James Cook University (JCU) Conflict Management and Resolution (CMR) Program, with the support of a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) grant, created an authentic and digitally accessible conflict scenario designed to address these challenges and deliver improved learning experiences for postgraduate conflict management and resolution students and educators. This article discusses the value of authentic scenarios to improve postgraduate student experiences and career outcomes in the dispute resolution field, the approach taken by the JCU CMR Program to develop the scenario and presents findings from preliminary feedback from students' and educators' experience using the conflict scenario in postgraduate course work.

Item ID: 57003
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2207-4791
Keywords: learning experiences; workforce readiness; dispute resolution pedagogy; conflict management and resolution; postgraduate; digitally accessible; case studies; practical application; engaging
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Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2019 23:00
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