Using Simulations to Promote Learning in Higher Education
An Introduction

Paper: 978 1 57922 052 5 / $31.95
 
Published: March 2002  

Lib E-Book: 978 1 62036 052 1 / $95.00  
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Published: December 2011  

Publisher: Stylus Publishing
160 pp., 6" x 9"
Series: Enhancing Learning Series
"Not only did I learn more substantive law than in any other course I've taken, but I learned why I needed to learn all those things." Alumnus of a legal simulation course

Simulations create and use a complete environment within which students can interact to apply theory and practice skills to real-world issues related to their discipline. Simulations constitute a powerful tool for learning. They allow teachers simultaneously to integrate multiple teaching objectives in a single process. They motivate students, provide opportunities for active participation to promote deep learning, develop interactive and communication skills, and link knowledge and theory to application.
This book provides an introduction to the use of simulations - from creating simple scenarios that can be completed in a single class period, to extended, complex simulations that may encompass a semester's curriculum.

Assuming no prior experience in their use, the authors provide a recipe approach to selecting and designing scenarios for all sizes of class; offer guidance on creating simulated environments to meet learning objectives; and practical advice on managing the process in the classroom through to the crucial processes of debriefing and assessment.

The detailed concluding description of how to plan and manage a complex simulation -- complete with its sample scenario and examples of documentation - provides a rich demonstration of the process.

This book will appeal to anyone, in virtually any field of study, looking for effective ways to bridge the gap between academic learning and discipline-specific practice.

Table of Contents:
Why Simulations Further Educational Goals; What is an Educational Simulation? Designing an Educational Simulation; Managing an Educational Simulation: Debriefing an Educational Simulation; Responsible Assessment; An Extended Simulation; Appendix: Simulation Summary, Scenario and Sample Documents.



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Reviews & Endorsements:
"This book is a comprehensive guide to developing and managing educational simulations. User friendly and jam-packed with information, this tome challenges the novice and veteran instructor alike to innovate in the classroom with a cutting-edge pedagogy. Even the teacher who has never heard of simulation gaming will find this text useful. It's the only book you will need!"
- Robert C. Bird, W. Paul Stillman School of Business, Seton Hall University
"Providing an extensive review of convincing literature, Hertel and Millis give us a careful, step-by-step, ‘how-to’ book--from the creative aspects of designing simulations through the challenging aspects of assessing students’ performance. Simply put, reading Using Simulations to Promote Learning in Higher Education will change the way you teach. Bravo!"
- Constance Staley, Director, Freshman Seminar Program, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, and author of Teaching College Success
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