If simulations plunk students right in the middle of the action, what is the role of the instructor? Though instructors in simulation-based classrooms typically play the role of facilitators rather than lecturers, a strategically placed lecture gives the disciplinary expert in the room a chance to distill key conceptual takeaways from student-centered activities. This video shows how Brian Mandell commences full group sessions by delivering a mini-lecture that responds directly to what students just experienced. The analytic lecture aims to, in Mandell’s words, provide students a “seamless narrative about multi-party negotiation and mediation.”
Brian Mandell, Mohamed Kamal Senior Lecturer in Negotiation and Public Policy
Harvard Kennedy School
Advanced Workshop in Multiparty Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
- Deliver mini-lectures strategically to highlight and review the major takeaways and themes gleaned from simulations.
- Find opportunities to put students’ simulation experiences into dialogue with broader concepts and frameworks used in your field.
- Conceptual frameworks often make more sense to students after they have used them to solve a specific problem. Expose students to relevant problems and frameworks in simulations and then use synthesizing lectures to describe other potential applications and uses of these frameworks.