The three main pedagogical goals of the simulation are:
- To familiarize students and faculty with team work and develop the required collaborative and leadership skills,
- To introduce students to the process of international business negotiation simulation for technology management - in this particular case in the area of air pollution control,
- To familiarize students and faculty with the current computer based long distance learning technologies, the virtual classroom, conferences, etc.
The wholehearted participation in this project of all faculty members is an essential ingredient for the success of the simulation.
THE ROLE OF THE FACULTY TEAM LEADER (FTL):
The FTL is the student team's guide, instructor, motivator, and major cheerleader. Prior to and during simulation he/she should instruct the students in the dynamics of teamwork, arbitrate team conflicts if they arise, help students smoothly adjust to
The main role of the FTL during the simulation is to make sure the team did its research and prepared its positions and negotiation strategy. The FTL should encourage brainstorming discussions to help students understand and appreciate the complexities
of the topic and the international business negotiation process.
As part of the simulation faculty team, the FTL has to communicate often (e-mail, phone, etc.) with the FTLs of the other teams. Good communications among all participants are essential for a successful simulation.
The full logistic support of each college in the areas of: simulation space, computer facilities, software, research materials, foreign language help, etc. are extremely important for a good team participation.
SUGGESTED MILESTONE RELATED ACTIVITIES:
A) Before the start of simulation:
- Coordinate with the student team leader (STTL) team work preparation, team assignments, background research preparation, scenario understanding and preparation, etc.
- Supervise testing of the computer hardware/software well before the start of simulation to ensure they work properly.
- Prepare your student team(s) for the simulation through lectures, seminars, assignments, etc.
- Coordinate with the SLT and the other FTLs the simulation start.
B) During the simulation:
- Closely monitor your STTLs and team(s) to ensure an active simulation participation, message flow and timely submittal of the invitations to bid or proposals.
- Monitor the team's work to be of good quality in terms of content, plausibility, and business language. Maintaining a professional dialogue throughout the simulation is essential.
- Maintain close contact with SLT, providing suggestions, timely feedback on your team, or any problems and difficulties.
C) During feedback and simulation closing:
- Debrief your students on the simulation experience, helping them to see the correlation between the preparatory course work and the actual simulation, the advantages and drawbacks of team work, of the negotiation process, etc.
- Ensure that all students fill and return to SLT the feedback questionnaires.
- Provide your feedback comments in the same time frame.
- Coordinate with the SLT for cross-pollination and dissemination of the feedback information.
Although all the above might seem quite a bit of work, FTL's participating in previous simulations (i.e: GlobeTech II and III and the ICONS project) have experienced a great deal of satisfaction in helping to create a new learning experience, interfacing
on an international multi-university project, seeing their students highly motivated and learning so much. The GlobeTech-IV simulation will be no exception.