How to use an ICONS Simulation with Multiple Faculty

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When you bring together students -- and instructors -- across multiple classes to participate in an ICONS simulation, you create an opportunity for students not just to talk about global issues, but to collaborate with a network of peers beyond their own class and develop solutions. Those peers could be in the same building, at another campus a short distance away, or often, at schools in other states, regions, or countries!

Organizing Multi-Faculty Simulations:

Multi-faculty use of an ICONS simulation can be a great option in a number of situations -- but how do you know if it's the right approach for you? Think about your current situation, and see if any of the following scenarios apply to you:

  • Cross-Campus Collaboration -- Your college has multiple campuses. To help connect students, the college is encouraging collaboration amongst the campuses. While your discipline is taught in each location with different instructors, you're looking for a way to bridge relationships between campuses -- as well as between students and instructors.
  • International Partnerships and Sister Schools -- Your university or program has a formal relationship with a school (or schools) abroad and is looking for educational activities so students from both schools can interact and learn together.
  • Interdisciplinary Learning Activities -- You're looking to encourage a multidiscipline approach with colleagues. For example, a political science professor, a communications professor, and an environmental science professor at your college want to engage their classes in a learning activity that is relevant to all three subject areas.
  • Collaboration with Colleagues at Multiple Institutions -- Occasionally, you see an instructor from another school at conferences and you both teach similar courses. You each want to add more active learning approaches to your classes.
  • Existing Networks or Consortia -- Your group already brings together schools and faculty with common goals. Now, you're looking for new ways to engage your membership in collaboration.

Six Steps to Getting Started with Multiple Faculty:

  1. form a group [icon]Form a Group of Instructors: Include anywhere from two instructors to a dozen instructors. Collaborate with colleagues in your local area -- or abroad!
  2. choose a coordinator [icon]Identify a Coordinator: One instructor will serve as the Coordinator for the exercise. This person will be the primary point of contact with ICONS staff and fulfill a few extra tasks during the simulation set-up.
  3. determine group needs [icon]Determine Group Needs: Ask each instructor to identify their simulation learning objectives, class size, available time, and student expectations. This is important as you prepare to collaborate!
  4. select a simulation [icon]Select a Simulation: Browse the online ICONS catalog and select a simulation to meet the needs of your group of instructors. Consult with ICONS staff for assistance.
  5. set dates [icon]Set Dates: After determining the best fit with your syllabi, agree upon a starting and ending date for your simulation and set expectations for the level of participation required from each class.
  6. register online [icon]Register Online!: The Coordinator will fill out the initial online registration (see "Registration -- How it Works" page for details). After registering, the Coordinator will receive instructions for how the additional instructors will complete their registrations.

Contact Us:

For more information on how ICONS can meet your multi-faculty simulation needs, contact Audrey Tetteh, ICONS Education Program Director at 301-405-4381 or

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