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Project EnROLE is building an Australian community of university clusters, state networks and international partnerships, to assist dissemination of the teaching technique of online role play in university education.

Online (and blended) role plays are designed to increase understanding of real life human interaction and dynamics. Participants:

  • assume a role in someone else's shoes or in someone else's situation
  • to do authentic tasks in an authentic context
  • involving substantial in-role human interaction such as collaboration, negotiation, debate.

Interaction between roles is substantially in an online environment. Learning outcomes are assessable and generate opportunities for student reflection.

Online role plays are being used in discipline areas such as:
Engineering, International Relations, Media, Journalism, Public Relations, Communications, Business, Environment, Health, Law, Language, Economics, History, Politics, Education, and Geography.