A slidecast of a paper (fulltext) that I recently gave at the International Human Sciences Research Conference at the University of Seattle.
Here’s the abstract:
The increasing use of online simulations as replacements for animal dissection in the classroom or lab raises important questions about the nature of simulation itself and its relationship to embodied educational experience. This paper addresses these questions first by presenting a comparative hermeneutic-phenomenological investigation of online and offline dissection. It then interprets the results of this study in terms of Borgmann’s (1992) notion of the intentional “transparency” and “pliability” of simulated hyperreality. It makes the case that it encumbrance and disruption –elements that are by definition excluded from simulation designs.