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The Iraq War Simulation: An Experiment in Progress
Unformatted Document Text:  the SC how each of the Actor’s actions related to each others’ actions and the overall results from these interactions. I would like to do this in-class and in real-time but think it may take me more time and effort to do it properly, and thus announce the results the next class time. This will naturally be repeated for a number of Events (first Real, and then possibly Fabricated) depending on how well the simulation is going, time left in the semester, etc. Finally the Simulation will be wrapped-up, the self- evaluation papers collected, and final grades assigned. Possible Additions and Conclusion As initially setup, this simulation has very little “high tech”; as a matter of fact, it could be done with no computers or Internet at all! This might be best for a test run for both the students and me as a new SC. Regardless, I see many possibilities for the role of technology in the classroom for this whole simulation. First and foremost, the research done by the students for their Actors and their actions could (and probably should) involve the use of some Internet resources. This, though, as always runs the risk of unaccredited and/or poor Web sites for usage. Still, it would allow for more and 16

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the SC how each of the Actor’s actions related to each
others’ actions and the overall results from these
interactions. I would like to do this in-class and in
real-time but think it may take me more time and effort to
do it properly, and thus announce the results the next
class time.
This will naturally be repeated for a number of Events
(first Real, and then possibly Fabricated) depending on how
well the simulation is going, time left in the semester,
etc. Finally the Simulation will be wrapped-up, the self-
evaluation papers collected, and final grades assigned.
Possible Additions and Conclusion
As initially setup, this simulation has very little
“high tech”; as a matter of fact, it could be done with no
computers or Internet at all! This might be best for a
test run for both the students and me as a new SC.
Regardless, I see many possibilities for the role of
technology in the classroom for this whole simulation.
First and foremost, the research done by the students
for their Actors and their actions could (and probably
should) involve the use of some Internet resources. This,
though, as always runs the risk of unaccredited and/or poor
Web sites for usage. Still, it would allow for more and
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