Researchers at MIT’s Sloan School of Management developed a series of system dynamics models featuring content on economic strategy and technology strategy, with themes in alternative energy and sustainability. The models are based on independent research within the System Dynamics Group at MIT and case studies developed at Sloan.
The Sloan team wanted to make these models into online simulations that would be more accessible to more students — students without a background in system dynamics modeling. In particular, they envisioned using team-based play to reinforce the themes explored in the models.
Forio collaborated with the MIT researchers to turn each model into a full-fledged, interactive simulation. A primary goal was ensuring that the simulations were easy to follow, and easy to teach, in order to extend their reach. In addition to designing and building a web-based user interface, the joint team developed instructional materials for each simulation to support this goal.
The results of the collaboration are several online simulations, each available with corresponding teaching guides and instructional videos.