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Instructors and CTE staff meet to discuss simulations

Political Science Simulations

The CTE is assisting Professor Kathy Bailey of the Political Science Department with project management and software consultation as part of her Academic Technology Innovation Grant (ATIG) from ATAB to utilize specialized software for a simulation of Middle East peace negotiations that forms the capstone of her Comparative Politics of the Middle East course. The simulation has been run by Professor Bailey for ten years and has become a highly effective teaching tool that is deeply impactful on student comprehension of the Middle East. The CTE is also assisting Professor Bailey with testing and tailoring appropriate software, as well as creating innovative media like green screen recordings to enhance the verisimilitude of the simulation.

Professor Bailey’s team will explore the emerging range of software for creating and managing educational simulations to enhance the learning experience for her students and facilitate a more streamlined organizational process. In particular she is focused on capturing student communications that are part of the process of negotiations, and in developing analytics that help students understand the relationship between their actions and negotiations outcomes. Moreover, Professor Bailey is keen to move to a paperless process that allows her to control every aspect of the simulation from a single platform and to continually update and improve the process with a minimum of disruption.

It is envisaged that other faculty will be invited to participate in an expanded pilot following the first year of the project.

Project Team

  • Project Director: Kathy Bailey, Associate Professor, Political Science Department
  • Senior Project Manager: Tim McCranor, PhD Candidate, Political Science Department
  • Project Manager: Adam Wunische, PhD Candidate, Political Science Department
  • CTE Liaison: John FitzGibbon, Programs Manager, CTE