ABSEL Redux: Reflections after a 25 Year Hiatus


  • J. Duane Hoover


This paper is a collection of personalized reflections and observations about ABSEL and simulation and experiential learning after a 25 year hiatus. I begin by examining the genesis of ABSEL in its early years 1974 to 1982. Contrasts between ABSEL “then and now” are made relative to faculty, administration, students and ABSEL scholarship. The paper concludes with a celebration of “the ABSEL Style” as the factor that not only separated us from rest of the pack at ABSEL’s inception, but also gives us a competitive advantage going forward.