Shawn Marie Boyne, Indiana University, Robert H. McKinney School of Law: “Disaster in the Classroom: Using Simulations to Teach National Security Law
Shawn Marie Boyne teaches at Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Drawing from her experience planning two successful counterterrorism simulations, Professor Boyne’s talk, “Disaster in the Classroom: Using Simulations to Teach National Security Law,” was presented in the Simulations, Feedback, and Assessment Pod at the 2014 Igniting Law Teaching conference. In this talk, she highlights keys to both planning and executing a successful simulation. Drawing on humorous “missteps” from her own experience, she encourages facilitators to stay focused on the skills and knowledge that the simulation is designed to test. While it is easy to plan an event that will challenge your students, it is important to structure the simulation to stay focused on the exercise’s core decision-making dilemma.
Prior to entering academia, Professor Boyne practiced law for nearly a decade. She is a Co-Chair of the Global Crisis Leadership Forum – an interdisciplinary partnership which brings together experts and practitioners in the field of global crisis management, national security, and cybercrime. The forum organizes courses, workshops, and forum discussions that enhance individual and institutional resiliency to both man-made and natural crises and disasters.
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