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The Wisconsin Idea in Action

MACROSIMs (Massively Adaptive Complex Realistic Online Simulation with Interactive Mentoring)

This fall, the College of Engineering will launch a first of its kind MACROSIM. After three years of pilot testing at leading engineering schools, the new online course will be offered to first year students in the College. Students log into the simulation and work as teams to brainstorm innovative solutions to real-world challenges. MACROSIMs are designed as “virtual internships,” giving participants a chance to do research, develop, and test prototypes. More women may also be encouraged to pursue engineering through this opportunity. The program also tracks students’ work, giving instructors deeper insight into the critical thinking processes of their students and potentially offering insight into teaching and learning methods.

Focus Areas

Project Leader

David Williamson Shaffer
Professor of Learning Science

Educational Psychology
School or College
School of Education

This project was last updated on Apr 17, 2019. Do you have an update for this project? Find out how to contribute.