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Teaching with Simulations

This module was initially developed by Betty Blecha and currently is coordinated by Beth Haynes . The module was refined and enhanced by Mark McBride, Teresa Riley, Katherine Rowell, KimMarie McGoldrick, Mark Maier, and Scott Simkins.

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Barry Keating's class conducts a stock market simulation.

What are Instructional Simulations?

When students use a model of behavior to gain a better understanding of that behavior, they are doing a simulation. For example:
Students often use simulations to make predictions about the social, economic, or natural world. Learn more about simulations

Why Teach with Simulations?

Instructional simulations have the potential to engage students in "deep learning" that empowers understanding as opposed to "surface learning" that requires only memorization. Deep learning means that students:

Learn scientific methods including

Learn to reflect on and extend knowledge by

Learn more about teaching with simulations

How to Teach with Simulations

Effectiveness instructional simulations require:

Learn how to teach with simulations

Examples of Teaching with Simulations

A good way to learn about instructional simulations for your courses is to go to the examples pages.

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The References page includes both general and discipline specific papers, books, and articles about using instructional simulations in undergraduate education.

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