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Getting the Most from Classroom Simulations: Strategies for Maximizing Learning Outcomes
Unformatted Document Text:  forming clear evaluation criteria as you locate possible options. For example, if you are teaching a course on regional politics it makes little sense to look at American government simulations. Simulation exercises take a variety of formats, and you should consider which of these formats will best serve your course objectives. Some of these options, and their characteristics, are contrasted below. Each of the options under these four general categories can be combined with any other option, allowing numerous potential structures for an exercise. It is also worth noting that these options can be combined, for example you may find it appropriate to conduct an exercise with a mixture of online and face-to-face delivery methods. Delivery Method • Online exercises: interactions take place through the internet, and all simulation materials are posted online in a central location. o Benefits: The benefits to this approach are that an archive of interactions is automatically generated, it removes interpersonal elements of negotiation (i.e. charisma, body language, etc.), and has the additional benefit of encouraging writing skills and clarity of communication. If students have access to computers, they can participate outside of class time. o Drawbacks: This format requires access to computers, which is not always easy to arrange. Some level of introduction and training is required for students and instructors to use the online system, although in most cases students are quite comfortable with the technology. • Face-to-face exercises: interactions occur in real-time with all students present, generally moderated by the instructor or a designated student. o Benefits: This is the simplest format to use for an instructor- created exercise, requiring a minimum of additional structure. Students have the opportunity to work on presentation and public speaking skills, and there is a high degree of flexibility as to time and location for the exercise. o Drawbacks: Students may have difficulty staying in their roles, as they already know each other. It can be difficult to reconstruct the dialogue(s) unless you record the proceedings. 5

Authors: Wedig, Tim.
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forming clear evaluation criteria as you locate possible options. For example, if you are
teaching a course on regional politics it makes little sense to look at American
government simulations.
Simulation exercises take a variety of formats, and you should consider which of
these formats will best serve your course objectives. Some of these options, and their
characteristics, are contrasted below. Each of the options under these four general
categories can be combined with any other option, allowing numerous potential structures
for an exercise. It is also worth noting that these options can be combined, for example
you may find it appropriate to conduct an exercise with a mixture of online and face-to-
face delivery methods.
Delivery Method
Online exercises: interactions take place through the internet, and all simulation
materials are posted online in a central location.
o Benefits: The benefits to this approach are that an archive of
interactions is automatically generated, it removes interpersonal
elements of negotiation (i.e. charisma, body language, etc.), and
has the additional benefit of encouraging writing skills and clarity
of communication. If students have access to computers, they can
participate outside of class time.
o Drawbacks: This format requires access to computers, which is not
always easy to arrange. Some level of introduction and training is
required for students and instructors to use the online system,
although in most cases students are quite comfortable with the
technology.
Face-to-face exercises: interactions occur in real-time with all students present,
generally moderated by the instructor or a designated student.
o Benefits: This is the simplest format to use for an instructor-
created exercise, requiring a minimum of additional structure.
Students have the opportunity to work on presentation and public
speaking skills, and there is a high degree of flexibility as to time
and location for the exercise.
o Drawbacks: Students may have difficulty staying in their roles, as
they already know each other. It can be difficult to reconstruct the
dialogue(s) unless you record the proceedings.
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