LIFT Forum: Technology and Learning Science in Simulation

Jeanne Le Ber
Emeritus Faculty

The Wednesday, November 7 Library and Information Technology Forum features Mark Beekhuizen and Aaron Dewald talking about “Technology and Learning Science in Simulation.”  Please join us in the Spencer F. and Cleone P. Eccles Health Sciences Education Building, Room 2600 at 12:05-1:00 p.m. for this program.

Program Description: Have you ever wondered how world leaders know how to react in times of crisis? In fact, where do world leaders learn how to handle these difficult situations? Fortunately, the University of Utah College of Law trains tomorrow’s leaders for these contingencies.

Each year, the S.J. Quinney College of Law runs a day long counter-terrorism simulation that puts students in a real life crisis scenario. Through this interesting use of technology, students learn the skills necessary to act and react appropriately in crisis situations.

Presenters will talk about:

  • How we put together the simulation in conjunction with the Simulation Design Course taught at the College of Law
  • How to leverage technology to make a smooth, realistic scenario
  • What unfolds over the course of the twelve hour day

For more information and a short documentary about previous simulations, visit

Mark Beekhuizen is the Director of Information Technology at the University of Utah S. J. Quinney College of Law. Mark is in a position where he is face-to-face with the social impacts of IT systems and change upon people and processes. The ability to daily engage in “beneficial work” is something too few IT leaders truly get to see firsthand. Mark is interested in supporting the growing movement to apply appropriate technology solutions to academic needs and the social impacts these systems and changes are having on the world around us.

Aaron Dewald is the Associate Director for the Center for Innovation in Legal Education at the University of Utah College of Law and a third year Ph.D. student in learning science at the College of Education.  With his job and schooling, Aaron has a unique perspective on technology use in pedagogical situations. Aaron received his B.S. in Information Systems from North Dakota State University in 2001, and his M.Ed. in Instructional Design and Educational Technology from the University of Utah in 2010. Aaron co-teaches the Counterterrorism Simulation Design course with Professor Amos Guiora. He also teaches Introduction to Web-based Tools at the College of Education.

For more details, visit the LIFT Forum page at   Program can be viewed from off-site via link from the web page; and available on demand after the program.

The LIFT Forum is co-sponsored by the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library and the Media-on-Demand committee.

Questions can be directed to: Jeanne Le Ber; 801-585-6744 or