April 25, 2019
CLSG is proud to announce the release of our Pandemic simulation for classroom use, wherever your class may be.
In Pandemic, participants are confronted with the accelerated-time spread of a deadly infectious disease. Taking on the roles of government ministers (Prime Minister, Minister of Communication, etc.), participants must work together as a team, interacting with other “governments” in a fast-paced environment. Participants develop strategies to preserve global health, contain the pandemic, and deal with the political and economic ramifications of their policy decisions. The simulation offers a chance to hone skills like crisis management, critical analysis, and consensus-building.
You can start using Pandemic in your classroom today! Just sign up for a CLSG Instructor account to gain access to our new centralized system. We’ll be adding even more simulations to this system over time.
We developed Pandemic for the 2018 NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition, in which over 550 public policy students around the globe took part. Learn more about the 2018 NBSim Competition here!
In August 2018, the incoming class of MPP students at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy undertook three rounds of the Pandemic Simulation on the first day of orientation. Watch the video below to see what it was like!
The Pandemic simulation is what we call a “Participatory Simulation in Public Policy.” PSPPs are immersive, experiential learning tools that provide a bridge between classroom learning and real-world scenarios. They are ideal for future civil servants who want to hone skills like leadership, quantitative methods, critical analysis, and communication. Our PSPPs emphasize topics that require participants to make decisions together while facing real-world constraints, helping them prepare for a career involving group decision-making. Learn more about PSPPs here.