ERAS: An Experiential Role-Playing Aging Simulation

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Enilda Romero-Hall
Renee Patrick
Gül Şahin


This paper describes the design and development of ERAS, an experiential role-playing aging simulation. This web-based tool was designed for psychology students to engage in a role-playing experience that serves to increase individuals’ empathy toward the elderly, as they learn about aging. In ERAS, the learners take on the role of aging individuals. The aging individuals vary in their ethnicity and ages. Successful completion of the scenarios requires the learners to perform a series of role-playing and perspective-taking activities related to the daily life of the aging individual. In this paper, we described the contextual framework, design, development, and review processes. The paper also provides a reflection on the successes and challenges experienced by the design team. Overall, the paper discusses the critical design elements and decisions made by the team.


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Romero-Hall, E., Patrick, R., & Şahin, G. (2019). ERAS: An Experiential Role-Playing Aging Simulation. International Journal of Designs for Learning, 10(1), 14–24.
Author Biographies

Enilda Romero-Hall, University of Tampa

Enilda Romero-Hall is an Assistant Professor of Instructional Design and Technology at The University of Tampa. Her research interests include the design of human-computer interaction, effective multimedia instruction, and the implementation of online/distance learning. She is interested in learners’ experiences as well as effective design methods.

Renee Patrick, University of Tampa

Renee Patrick is an Assistant Professor of Developmental Psychology at The University of Tampa. She is interested in what motivates individuals to act in positive, caring and helpful ways toward others. Specifically, she examines how factors, such as moral identity, moral reasoning, empathy and self-efficacy influence prosocial behavio

Gül Şahin, University of Tampa

Gül Şahin is a graduate from the Instructional Design and Technology Master’s program from The University of Tampa. She currently works as an Instructional Designer for Citigroup.


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