After a full semester of development, including a round of in-classroom testing with real live Pratt undergraduates, I am proud to announce the release of the Easy Iterated Prisoner’s Dilemma (Easy-IPD) interface, a free web-based teaching tool that allows students to experiment with this influential model of behavior.
You can check out a slideshow of some of Easy-IPD’s features below:
I am very excited to use this interface in my own classroom, as I find that student-directed inquiry is by far the most valuable learning mode. Easy-IPD should turn your students into super-star investigators as it allows them to set up their own tournaments, analyze results from a variety of perspectives, and then run new tournaments and compare all their results. Having taken a good look at what is available for teaching about the IPD already, I can say with confidence that Easy-IPD offers the most user-friendly means of exploring the rich dynamics of the iterated prisoner’s dilemma. It is also easy to implement in your classroom, because all you need is a web browser with an updated version of Adobe Flash Player.
Although I played my part in developing Easy-IPD, the lion’s share of the credit for its creation should go to Jean Ho Chu, who worked tirelessly to build in a truly impressive array of features.
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