How Simulation Games Can Teach Complex Subjects

How can higher-ed and high school students interact in online spaces and both learn? Dr. Jeff Stanzler uses simulations to engage high school and college students in a powerful study of geo-politics. Dr. Stanzler has seen students develop empathy for the very real people who are embroiled in geo-political conflicts around the world. Host Vicki Davis' students participate in his Arab-Israeli Conflict Simulations every September – December. Let's learn more about how simulations work.

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Jeff Stanzler – Show Notes #74 – How Simulation Games Can Teach Complex Subjects

Jeff Stanzler, a faculty member at the University Of Michigan School Of Education, advocates using games and simulations to engage learners in geo-political content.  He teaches about the Arab-Israeli conflict using simulations to stretch students’ minds.

High School classrooms form country teams and represent diplomats while at the same time college students are involved in the simulation from a pedagogical perspective. Both high school and college students focus on the political issues, use text for the simulations, and meet online at a webspace.

Dr. Stanzler directs the Interactive Communications and Simulations (ICS) group, while teaching in the teacher education department emphasizing learning technologies. He is also on the faculty of the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies and the Michigan Community Scholars Program. He does find a using a game is a good way to teach about this complex political conflict, cultivating citizens with geo-political empathy. He finds the collaborations between high school students and college students especially valuable for learning.

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