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Teaching simulation game design: A model, tested in the field

Usherwood, S (2016) Teaching simulation game design: A model, tested in the field In: American Political Science Association Teaching & Learning Conference, 2016-02-10 - 2016-02-12, Portland OR.

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Abstract

One of biggest challenges in increasing the uptake of simulation games in higher education is the difficulty of learning how to design and run such games. In this paper, a training model is presented that demonstrates the benefits of a mixed method approach, as evidenced by the outcomes of a major research project involving six European countries. The model uses an active-learning approach, whereby users are exposed to a variety of simulation types, both as players and as designers, with additional group discussion deepening individual reflection and confidence. Use is made of a simulation game generator, as well as an asynchronous online simulation, to provide opportunities for users to experience a wide breadth of possibilities within the pedagogy. The benefits and challenges of this approach are considered in light both of general pedagogical theory and of its actual implementation in the EU-funded project, Innovating Teaching and Learning of European Studies (INOTLES). Overall, the paper argues that while teaching simulation game design is not without challenges, it is also possible to provide meaningful support to new users and further stimulus to those who already have some experience. As a result, the approach offers much potential as a means of mainstreaming the use of simulations and in building a culture of active-learning.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Conference Paper)
Subjects : Politics
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Politics
Authors :
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Date : 10 February 2016
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright 2016 American Political Science Association. This is the author's accepted version.
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 09 Aug 2016 16:52
Last Modified : 09 Aug 2016 16:52
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/811364

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