Global History Simulations
I teach an introductory global history course for undergraduates at the University of Minnesota. I have been teaching introductory history courses for nearly four decades. One of the learning activities that has most engaged the students are history simulations. While I use a varied learning pedagogy, the most meaningful learning events for the students according to them are the simulations. The students say that it is taking on the role of another country or group and engaging in highly-energized negotiations with two other groups leads to the following outcomes: active learning like this is most meaningful, develop understanding of different perspectives of other countries and groups, and development of personal negotiation skills they will use in personal and future professional life.
During late fall 2016, I will provide the learning materials for each of the four simulations that I have developed or co-developed with a colleague. Come back to view them. If you use them, please report back the reactions by you as faculty member and the students. Feel free to experiment, revise, and make them your own.