This week we’re sharing how the Online Model United Nations organization uses Mightybell to further their purpose: engaging and connecting youth around the world in a unique online debate forum.
Spanning countries as diverse as Singapore, Somalia, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, India and Nigeria, students in this globally connected network are taking the world’s most popular academic simulation and expanding it to new students and schools outside of the Model UN community. And they’re accomplishing this with Mightybell.
Ugbad is currently an assistant director for the Middle East/Africa region at Online Model UN (or O-MUN). She mentors and oversees high school students around the world who are using Mightybell to prepare their debates.
As part of O-MUN, Ugbad and her team organize private Mightybell Circles as research hubs. In each Circle, students share links and debate-related information as they prepare for their online debates.
Leading up to the debate, students and their teachers use the Circle to organize relevant news stories and facts, chat, give feedback and share out the text of their speeches.
Why They Use Mightybell
- Accessible by a global audience. When students are spread across 20 different countries, they need one central place where they can log on to communicate with each other.
- Resources are organized and easy to find. By organizing their Posts into Collections, the information that gets shared into a Circle is easy to access for both students and teachers. Rather than sifting through email or searching across multiple sources, important resources are always available in one spot.
- Centralized discussions. Having one place for all the conversations that happen around a topic or article also makes it easy for everyone to always be a part of the conversation.
- Totally private. When students are posting drafts of their speeches and chatting about sensitive issues, privacy is essential. The Circle is also a perfect place for sharing personal reflections or constructive feedback.
Once the debate is over, the Circle is switched from private to public, but new members can only join if they request an invite. Ugbad and her team discovered that making each Circle public after the event allows other students and teachers around the world to then find and use these resources as inspiration for developing their own debate topics.
The O-MUN Community on Mightybell continues to expand as more students around the world participate in these formal debates online. We can’t wait to continue watching them succeed!