FAQs

  1. What is the ICONS Project?
  2. How can ICONS simulations enrich my class or program?
  3. What types of simulations does ICONS offer?
  4. How long do simulations last?
  5. In what types of courses are ICONS simulations used?
  6. Do I need to download software to use ICONS simulations?
  7. What instructional resources are available with ICONS simulations?
  8. How do I order an ICONS simulation?

What is the ICONS Project?
Based at the University of Maryland, the ICONS Project (International Communication and Negotiation Simulations) has over 30 years of experience designing and delivering educational role-play simulations. Our interactive online simulations cast participants in the roles of decision-makers tasked with resolving contentious issues. ICONS simulations have been used by academic institutions in 53 countries and 48 U.S. states.

How can ICONS simulations enrich my class or program?
ICONS role-play simulations engage students in confronting issues relevant to a variety of courses. When grappling with these issues from new perspectives, students gain greater understanding of the complexity of the challenges facing leaders today and throughout history. As students participate in ICONS simulations with classmates (or other peers throughout the world) they develop the communication, negotiation, and critical thinking skills needed to become future global leaders and more engaged citizens.

What types of simulations does ICONS offer?
From crisis situations to long term negotiations, ICONS offers online role-play simulations on a wide range of topics relevant to courses in political science, business, geography, communication, and more. Visit our catalog for a complete list of simulation topics. In addition to our catalog of simulations, we also provide custom simulation development services for clients seeking a tailor-made exercise.

How long do simulations last?
Simulations can be scheduled for any length of time throughout the year (from a few hours to a few weeks) depending on the needs of the instructor and the specific simulation.

In what types of courses are ICONS simulations used?
ICONS simulations are designed with flexibility in mind. As a result, they work well in a range of undergraduate and graduate level courses in political science, business, communication, geography, and related fields. Some of our simulations are also appropriate for advanced high school courses (such as IB and AP courses). Explore our catalog or contact ICONS staff at (301) 405-4172 or icons@umd.edu for assistance in selecting the right simulation for your course!

Do I need to download software to use ICONS simulations?
No. The simulations use a Web-based application called ICONSnet. Each student is given an individual login to enter the simulation. ICONSnet can be used anywhere with Internet access, allowing instructors flexibility to run simulations outside of regular class hours.

What instructional resources are available with ICONS simulations?
Each simulation comes with online access to a facilitator guide, research library, and other teaching resources all designed to assist instructors throughout the preparation, online negotiation, and debriefing phases of the simulation.

How do I order an ICONS simulation?
To order a simulation, register through our online registration system. To see a list of all available simulations prior to registration, please visit our catalog or contact us at (301) 405-4172 or icons@umd.edu.

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