To start a simulation, first, go to the case library and choose which case you will use to run your simulation. When you have selected a case, click on it to go to its overview page, and you will see a button labeled “create simulation.” You will then be prompted to establish a few details of your simulation. This includes giving your simulation a name, selecting a difficulty level, whether you would like to simulate the National Security Council or UN Security Council, and whether you would like to include assessments in your simulation. When you’re ready, click “save and publish,” and your simulation will be created.
After you have created a simulation, you will be taken to your simulation’s manager page. This is where you can manage the details of your simulation and your class. Once there, the next step is to invite your students. To add students to a simulation, click on the plus sign icon on the right-hand side of the "Manage Class" tab. From there, there are four ways to add your students to a simulation:
- Student Self-Registration: Each simulation has a registration code paired with it. You can share this code with students, who can use it to register for your simulation themselves.
- Individual Invitations: You can invite individual students by entering their email addresses into the "Invite Student(s)" section and clicking the "add students" button.
- Bulk Invitations: If you want to invite a large number of students, you can do so by uploading a CSV file containing students' first names, last names, and email addresses.
- Previous Class Invitation: If you have already run a simulation with a class, and would like to invite the same class to a new simulation, you can select your class name from the drop-down menu in the "Manage Class" tab and then click the "copy students" button.
Once you have invited students to your simulation, they will be able to create accounts and access the case materials. If you have any difficulty inviting students please review our Registration FAQ page for more details.
Managing your Class
After you invite your students, their names will appear in the “Manage Class” tab of your simulation manager. This tab allows you to control the details of your class and communicate with your students at any point during your simulation. Beneath your students’ names, you will be able to see and edit their role assignments. When you are ready to run your role play, you will also have the option to print out role placards for your students to use. The “Manage Class” tab also allows you to see whether your students have completed your simulation’s assessments, if you choose to assign them. If your students have submitted their assignments, you can access them from here for grading. If you wish to communicate with individual students, or your class as a whole, you can do so from your class manager as well.
Running your Simulation
When you have created your simulation and invited your class, you and your class are ready to explore the simulation materials and conduct the role-play. Since Model Diplomacy is designed to be flexible, the details of how you run your simulation and what timeline you follow are largely up to you. Please review the rest of the Model Diplomacy Instructor Guide for more information and strategies on how to run an effective simulation.