Nick Noel

MSU Information Technology Services; Instructional Designer and Media Producer

Remaking the Future – An Education Focused Simulation Framework

This project will focus on the development, testing, implementation, and assessment of a narrative-based framework that can be integrated across course types and disciplines. It will challenge students to think through complicated problems facing human society, and develop explanations and solutions for them. They have received interest from the Center for Integrative Studies in General Sciences and Center for Integrative Studies the Arts and Humanities in using this framework in their courses. Our current plan is to run the simulation as a professional development activity for the two center’s faculty, and then integrate it into the courses of interested faculty.

Project Solution:

A focus of the Framework is on project-based learning, which is an approach that is believed to enhance student learning as it requires students to think through problems and create tangible solutions that demonstrate their learning. In this way, students are using their knowledge in a practical manner, as they are developing throughout the course. The idea is to increase retention and encourage higher-order thinking.

The framework is intended to allow for greater student agency and communication, both within the course, and between courses running the framework. Students will be asked to propose and develop their own projects, based on their interests and the course content. In addition, they will reflect on projects from courses currently running the framework, or that have done so in the past. They will be asked to provide feedback on current projects, and reflect on how all projects have affected their thinking on their own project.

Project Update:

Through this project, Nick was able to create some fundamental assets that can be used by anyone. He hopes to have a video that sets up the narrative, a facilitator guide to help instructors, a site to help navigate everything, and some assets for people to use. Stay tuned for exciting changes.

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March 2020 campus was closed down due to the Novel Coronavirus Pandemic. Courses were moved to remote teaching for the spring 2020 semester and fully online courses for the Summer and Fall of 2020. This impacted many students and educators in the way that they both taught and learned.