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18 March 2013

Using #SE2R for Model UN

I'm finding that the more I talk about how I use narrative feedback as the principal form of assessment in my class, I'm encountering questions such as,"That's great for papers, but what about group projects or simulations?" The answer of course is easy; simply leverage technology towards your instructional practices. 

We're preparing for a single-day UN Security Council Model UN Simulation in June. Part of the simulation parameters are that students work in teams to prepare their briefs and negotiating strategy. In addition, I have several students who will be performing the Spring Play, on March of the Living, or who otherwise won't be at the actual simulation. Nevertheless, the teams themselves need the opportunity to work together to build their country profiles, background research on the issue of intervention, as well as their first pass at position papers.

We use Google Drive for all aspects of student work in IB Global Politics. I set up folders for each group of students where they had access to core documents from the simulation as well as their template for their country profiles. All students can work on different aspects of their country profile template simultaneously and each document is accessible across a variety of devices; laptops, tablets, and phones. 

As for SE2R; it couldn't be easier than with Google Drive. I comment on the progress, development, and analytical points the group makes in crafting their country profiles. I also give the conventional SE2R summary at the top of each template. This then guides the group's work as they refine and amplify their country profiles over a series of weeks. 

  

I know that implementing these tools isn't necessarily rocket surgery; in fact, it shouldn't be. Elegantly considered, designed, and implemented solutions that are squarely attuned to student learning leave the most time and space for collaborative learning for students and faculty alike. What matters most is how tools such as Google Drive and SE2R facilite meaningful working relationships in class.