Student: It is really amazing how much potential the Open Simulation Platform has, and how beneficial it can be to helping achieve world peace. I am so lucky to be part of this event. From a Mediator's perspective using this technology has been a great experience. My ability to conduct a meeting with the chat and keep the team updated throughout pre-negotiations worked well. This is the first time this platform has been in use, and the ability to do everything one can is a dream come true. I am sure that in the future, this program will become even more excellent than it already is by fixing all the minor bugs.
Instructor: Today was great - the kids were using the Simplatform during class while they did research, and they were getting a lot done. It was actually really interesting watching them. They also seem really into it - they're excited about trying out something new like this. "Thanks" doesn't seem like enough, but really, thank you!
First, the simulation was a fantastic success by all measures. Upon the students' urging, we extended it to two full days and received glowing feedback on the educational value of applying concepts to "real life" situations using the online platform. In our debrief, it became obvious that the insights learned spanned the entire semesters' material and beyond. We have recorded the students' specific feedback, but suffice it to say that I am intent upon using this technology in my subsequent classes and sharing it with my professorial colleagues. To this I wish to add that the simulation was incredibly stimulating and enriching to run as the control.
Overall, I found the simulation an engaging and effective way of tying course principles together into a coherent, context-sensitive and practice-oriented lesson. In my experience, this is both rare and of great value; I was pleased to have the opportunity.
It made everything we've been learning about so much realer to me and helped me to really understand how difficult peace building can be. I learned a lot about how intricate a situation can be and how many actors are involved
The one thing that really got me was how every person in the room was involved in the simulation.
This simulation made me realize that theory is so much different from practice. Even if we have a clear plan and good intentions, problems always happens… I have never been sensitive about how to write something as I was today.
The simulation has taught me that peacemaking in conflict zones is exceptionally complex and cannot be oversimplified or idealized.