Pandemic Simulation Resources
Here you will find information related to the release of the Pandemic Simulation designed by UVA Frank Batten School Center for Leadership and Simulation Gaming. Included is a Frequently Asked Questions section, a webinar recording, and useful links on utilizing the tool. The Pandemic Simulation is a practical web-based application that can be used either in a physical classroom or a virtual one. If you are interested in learning more about how you can use the Pandemic Simulation at your university or organization, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This original participatory simulation was used during the annual NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition, a day-long event that challenges graduate students in public policy, administration, political science, and related fields to test their skills on real-world data. Simulations give participants a chance to employ their knowledge in a realistic situation, and an opportunity to hone skills in leadership, negotiation, and critical thinking. Through the use of these simulations, NASPAA seeks to empower schools, students, and teachers to go beyond conventional modes of learning and utilize digital platforms aimed to enhance the classroom experience and revolutionize curriculum.
Instructional Webinar Recording
During this webinar, we took a deep dive into the Pandemic Crisis Management simulation developed by our partner, the University of Virginia Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy Center for Leadership Simulation and Gaming (CLSG). The webinar delves into best practices surrounding use of the simulation in the virtual and in-person classroom settings. We also covered how teaching with simulations can tie-in to program assessment and the NASPAA universal competencies.
The Pandemic Simulation is available for classroom use AT NO COST.
Webinar presenters include:
- Dana Harsell - Professor at University of North Dakota
- Laurel McFarland - Executive Director of NASPAA
- Supriya Golas - Director of Simulation Education at NASPAA
- Ruby Nwaebube - Research Analyst at CLSG
Frequently Asked Questions
Currently, use of the Pandemic Simulation is absolutely free! It is the desire of the UVA Frank Batten school and NASPAA to make this tool available to anyone, and to avoid putting a price on a timely and impactful educational tool.
The Pandemic Simulation is a great starting point in your classroom discussions regarding public policy, administration and management during a pandemic. Check out these resources to encourage further reading/ research by your students.
This is a regularly updated excel file of materials faculty may find useful in using to teach about Covid19 in their coursework. Compiled by LBJ School of Public Affairs Research Assistant Austin Cruz and NASPAA Staff.
Resources compiled by What Works Cities
Content is organized in four sections: (1) Expert-recommended Guidelines & General Updates, (2) WWC Network Resources & Other Local Government Support, (3) Local Actions — organized by policy decision, and (4) Op-Eds & Commentary Specific to Local Government.
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The simulation works with anywhere from 2-20 students.We recommend at minimum of four students to reap the full educational benefits of the tool. You can run multiple simulations to allow classes larger than 20 students to participate.
Yes! The simulation can be run in online courses, though is made to be run synchronously. Dr. Dana Harsell discusses in the webinar above how he managed to run the Pandemic Simulation in his course once it went online due to COVID-19.
The Pandemic Simulation is designed for synchronous courses. However, CLGS has additional simulations that can be used asynchronously. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
While the simulation itself does not include social equity into the parameters of the simulation, it does work as a great starting point for discussions on the disparate impact of policies and the ethics of implementing them. For example, the simulation does allow for the shutting down of schools and public transportation. You can include in your course readings and follow up discussion on the pandemic how such policies have a greater impact on those populations who rely heavily on public transportation or do not have the resources for childcare when schools are closed.