Training seminar on simulation games as a method at Ruhr-Universität Bochum

How do I write my own simulation game?

This is our classic training seminar about questions such as: what is special about this method? What do I have to bear in mind when developing, organising and facilitating a simulation game? When is the use of the method actually called for and how can I integrate simulation games with traditional teaching methods? After two extremely productive days in Bochum we had five new ideas for simulation games at our hands – three of which have already been used since.

After the method of the simulation game had been introduced to the lecturers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum by means of two test games, the participants developed their own games on topics of their own choosing. One of the simulation games – on the topic of crisis management after an environmental disaster – was successfully tested at the end of the seminar. Such test runs are very important and informative as they quickly reveal structural errors in the game. Furthermore, the participants are immediately given the opportunity to have a go at being a game facilitator.

Three months after the seminar the participants had the opportunity to present their fully developed games to us during a personal consultation. We find this added session extremely useful as it enhances the original event’s sustainability. After all, a period of two days tends to produce rough drafts of games rather than the finished product. The important question of how to sensibly integrate the games into teaching is better assessed using a fully completed game concept. The successful use of three of five games within one semester speaks for itself.

 

Facts + Figures

Target group

Lecturers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Objectives
  • Being able to develop and facilitate your own simulation games
Client(s)

Humanity in Action

Duration

2 days

Number of participants

25

Location(s)

Bochum

Language(s)

German

Competencies