Twitter Campaigning, Part 2

Today is the second of a two-part series by guest contributor Tricia Stapleton, Director of the Society, Technology, and Policy Program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. I recently wrote about incorporating a social media activity into my Intro to IR class as part of the IRiA sim. For the assignment, students developed Twitter campaigns to support their efforts to […]

Twitter Campaigning with IRiA, Part 1

Today is the first of a two-part series by guest contributor Tricia Stapleton, Director of the Society, Technology, and Policy Program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. As I’ve noted in previous posts (here and here), I’m in the process of tweaking my Intro to IR class. I’ve successfully used the International Relations in Action (IRiA) simulation, but I […]

Evaluating the IRiA Simulation

Today is another guest post from Tricia Stapleton, a follow-up to her post from last week: Last year, I began using Brock Tessman’s International Relations in Action: A World Politics Simulation in my Topics in International Politics course. I’m slated to teach the course at least once a year for the foreseeable future, and I […]

The Benefits of Cheating

Today brings the final post by guest contributor Dr. Tricia Stapleton, Assistant Teaching Professor of Social Science & Policy Studies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Her previous posts are here, here, and here. While the Stars & Triangles simulation was beneficial, it did have some drawbacks. First, it needed to fit better with a political science […]

Stars and Triangles

This morning brings a third post by guest contributor Dr. Tricia Stapleton, Assistant Teaching Professor of Social Science & Policy Studies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Her previous posts are here and here. “Stars & Triangles” is an in-class application of comparative advantage, a concept frequently included in the political economy section of politics textbooks. Unfortunately, political science students […]

TPR in Role-Playing and Simulations

Here is the second post by guest contributor Dr. Tricia Stapleton, Assistant Teaching Professor of Social Science & Policy Studies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute: After using total physical response (TPR) in my French classrooms, I found three benefits to using it in political science courses. First, linking concepts to action leads to higher levels of retention in the […]