Mapping Network Structure in Complex Community Collaboratives: A Teaching Simulation
by Mark W. Davis and Danielle M. Varda
of The School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado at Denver.
This simulation is an exercise to visualize the structure of four community coalitions. Each community coalition includes a core set of players, information about assets/resources they bring to the coalition, existing relationships, and varying motivations. All simulations presented as a part of this exercise are based on real life events. This simulation is designed to help students develop a key skill in terms of collaboration: the ability to visualize and map a network of relationships, followed by decision making based on information derived from the exercise.
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This is a fun and engaging way for students to visualize networks. While there is a bit of an upfront investment in the materials, it is well worth it! The only recommendation I would make is for instructors to strategically distribute portions of the instructions. This will help preserve the surprise of the management challenge each group faces after mapping their initial networks. -Heather Getha-Taylor, University of Kansas
Posted 12/15/2015 6:46:52 PM