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Using a Role-Playing Simulation to Bridge Theory and Practice in Graduate Professional Education
Unformatted Document Text:  Using a Role-Playing Simulation to Bridge Theory and Practice in Graduate Professional Education The UN Secretary General Holds a Press Conference on the Steps of Maxwell Hall at the End of the First Day On Day Two, students reported to an off-site retreat center on one of the Finger Lakes about an hour from Syracuse. We were faced with a serious problem upon arrival, namely the promised wireless Internet access was inoperable. Headquarters quickly had to change its game plan in order to make the simulation work. To replace the technology, press statements and news clips The EU Commission Holds a Press Conference, Also on the Steps of Maxwell Hall were hand-delivered to the teams and posted on a bulletin board in the main meeting room. The pace became slower, and individuals began to interact in person (out of necessity). More press conferences and multi-group meetings were held, and participants were given ample opportunity to express their views in public. Headquarters continued to add new facts to the simulation, helping to escalate the situation and encourage a high level of intensity. Many of the groups worked well into the night, hammering out position statements and negotiating with other teams. 8

Authors: Bonham, G. Matthew.
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Using a Role-Playing Simulation to Bridge Theory and Practice in Graduate Professional Education
The UN Secretary General Holds a Press
Conference on the Steps of Maxwell Hall
at the End of the First Day
On Day Two, students reported to an off-site retreat center on one of the Finger
Lakes about an hour from Syracuse. We were faced with a serious problem
upon arrival, namely the promised wireless Internet access was inoperable.
Headquarters quickly had to change its game plan in order to make the
simulation work. To replace the technology, press statements and news clips
The EU Commission Holds a Press Conference,
Also on the Steps of Maxwell Hall
were hand-delivered to the teams and posted on a bulletin board in the main
meeting room. The pace became slower, and individuals began to interact in
person (out of necessity). More press conferences and multi-group meetings
were held, and participants were given ample opportunity to express their views
in public. Headquarters continued to add new facts to the simulation, helping to
escalate the situation and encourage a high level of intensity. Many of the
groups worked well into the night, hammering out position statements and
negotiating with other teams.
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