Simon Fink: Testing the scalability of an EU simulation

Following the Mainz workshop, we are pleased to welcome a guest contributor, Simon Fink of the University of Bamberg. This piece was originally published on Simon’s blog. Simulations are thought to be “open”. Participants are not re-enacting a predefined script, but are masters of the negotiations. To be sure, participants are not completely free in …

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 …

Let’s Get Physical

Today begins a series of posts by a guest contributor, Dr. Tricia Stapleton, Assistant Teaching Professor of Social Science & Policy Studies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute: I first started teaching when I was a graduate student in a French literature program. Instructors there were trained to teach languages with the communicative method, which involves creating a classroom “immersion” …

Balance

Interesting post by Radhika Nagpal of Harvard a couple of days ago, on treating the pre-tenure days like a post doc and trying to find balance in the academic life.  This is a challenge for me.  I tend to be a workaholic and have trouble saying no to new projects or student requests. Its also …

Twitter in Teaching: Student Memes and Critical Humorous Thinking

A guest post from my colleague, Dr Jack Holland (University of Surrey).   This academic year, I promoted the use of a Twitter hashtag in my Level 2 Security Studies module (#pol2036).  This was done to increase student interaction outside of the classroom and encourage the sharing of academic sources, news articles and other links …

About ALPS

Welcome to the Active Learning in Political Science © (ALPS) blog. Our mission is to: Evaluate simulations, games, and other tools for active learning so that instructors can use them with a minimum of fuss. Train educators and other professionals in the use of effective pedagogy. Analyze issues related to higher education. ALPS was founded in 2011 …