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Fall 2014


This article describes the process used to develop a collaborative simulation for college students taking advanced-level courses in public relations (PR) and journalism. PR students organized a news conference to convey information to “the media” about an evolving crisis, and journalism students reported on a situation where the final outcome was unknown. This interaction of students from multiple classes resulted in both expected and unexpected learning opportunities. The involvement of nonstudent role players added to the effectiveness. Collaborative simulation may be of particular interest to teachers in small programs because of the ability to utilize one simulation for multiple classes.

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Unless otherwise noted, this work is licensed by the Small Programs Interest Group under a Creative Commons Attribution- NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.