Roger Lane Consulting Ltd is the European Partner for SimulationDeck, which simulates the real-world information environment using different channels, such as social media, TV, radio and online print. The company also creates simulations for university post-graduate courses which enable the students to interact in dynamic, fictitious but realistic scenarios, whilst learning how to use the different communications means effectively.
Each participant assumes the role of a delegate advocating its national position in a regional forum, such as NATO's North Atlantic Council, where decisions are made by consensus. Students develop their strategies, interact with others, seeking to persuade and influence them, developing trade-offs and compromises in order to achieve a consensus. This builds transferable skills which are highly valued in the workplace.
Exercise managers and role-players include retired generals and ambassadors, who provide a high level of authenticity and credibility. They develop the scenario so that inherent tensions in the different national interests acts as a catalyst for interaction and negotiation, whilst also chairing the plenary sessions and providing expert assessments. An explanation of how the simulations are conducted is at https://youtu.be/Qg1LAJ4szJ8.
Over several years, feedback from both students and course tutors has been strongly positive. Earlier this year, one student playing the role of the US delegation said: "By far the best day I’ve had [at university]… The organisers/delegations really pulled out all the stops and made it an engaging and inclusive experience."
This was affirmed by the course tutor who tweeted: "And it's reasons like this that I not only love my job, but firmly believe simulations are hands down the best active-learning tools in politics/IR!"
As universities seek to attract students during a period of uncertainty and provide them with a great uni experience which will make them attractive in the post-graduation jobs market, Roger Lane Consulting Ltd has transformed its simulations to enable complete virtual delivery to meet COVID-19 requirements.
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