"It belongs to us, and whether it is mean or majestic; whether arrayed in glory or covered with shame, we cannot but share its character and its destiny."*
What? LegSim is a student-run virtual legislature - a website dedicated to your course alone with 24/7 accessibility.
How? LegSim makes managing a legislative simulation in conjunction with a course easy. There is nothing to download.
Why? LegSim is also an approach to learning. Students 'own' the legislature and are ultimately responsible for what is does and doesn't accomplish. Through a series of smaller pedagogical challenges, they acquire knowledge and skills that cumulate toward a master challenge - demonstrating that they have become effective legislators. And 24/7 accessibility means that students can collaborate at any time of the day.
Perhaps most importantly, students learn lessons that are difficult to convey in lectures, such as the value of knowing the rules or your subject, and the importance of trust.
These are the lessons members of Congress want to share with students:
See more from Rep. McDermott (D-WA) and other lawmakers under 'Students.'To view an introductory slide show, click here.
*The quote is from Abolitionist Frederick Douglass, 'Life and Times' (speaking of the US Congress in 1892).404