Distributive Justice – Nuclear

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Distributive justice (the allocation of societal benefits and burdens) is an important concept in philosophy and the social sciences. There are many possible principles of distribution (six are considered here); the challenge is to determine which principle is most fair. An important approach to settling this question was proposed by John Rawls in his influential book, A Theory of Justice. To facilitate student learning about distributive justice and Rawls’ ideas, the game creates a simulation of decision-making in what Rawls calls the original position behind a veil of ignorance. Students become a commission, represented by avatars, to determine how best to use $100 million to compensate individuals and a community that has suffered damage as a result of having a plutonium trigger plant located nearby.

Distributive Justice – Education

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Distributive justice (the allocation of societal benefits and burdens) is an important concept in philosophy and the social sciences. There are many possible principles of distribution (seven are considered here); the challenge is to determine which principle is most fair. An important approach to settling this question was proposed by John Rawls in his influential book, A Theory of Justice. To facilitate student learning about distributive justice and Rawls’ ideas, the game creates a simulation of decision-making in what Rawls calls the original position behind a veil of ignorance. Students, represented by avatars, debate possible principles of justice and choose one to determine which 20% of the group will be selected to attend college.

German Culture Simulator

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For university students, traveling abroad through study or other programs provides the most immersive experience within a culture, but students may lack sufficient funds or the supplementary time in their studies to pursue this invaluable opportunity.

Nursing Interactive Training Simulator

Nursing Virtual Training

A new protocol is being implemented at a Northwest Indiana Hospital to identify risk for sepsis. To help train their nurses on how to use the protocol, an interactive virtual training module has been developed collaboratively by students from Purdue Calumet Nursing, and the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation.

Digital Humanities – Appealia

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Digital Humanities utilizes new digital technologies to adapt traditional humanities topics to the modern world. For example, English Educators across the country have identified a need to redefine what it means to be literate for this generation. Serious games provide a potential method to address this issue. A “serious game” is commonly defined as any game that has a purpose other than strictly entertainment. Serious games provide virtual environments that allow students a realistic opportunity to practice and develop a variety of different competencies.