Role Play

Role Play

Explicit roleplay has a rich history in education. Law students use mock-trials to hone their craft; counsellors roleplay client contact sessions, and many disciplines require students give presentations or perform project work while acting in the role of the professional they hope to become. In fact, the dialectical method of Socrates is a form of roleplay, wherein participants adopt an aspect for an argument not necessarily their own.
There is also a great […]

By |May 13th, 2014|Design, Gamification, Role Play, Teaching Tip|0 Comments

Practical Gamification

In our last teaching tip we talked about the power of play and how celebrating successes, while minimizing the consequences of failure, can foster an environment of experimentation and discovery. In short, these are key elements that help make learning more fun. This week, we’re going to look at a practical examples of this principle applied in classrooms here at UAF.

This semester Dr. Kriya Dunlap, CITE Fellow, was searching for a way to encourage […]

By |May 6th, 2014|Design, Gamification, Pedagogy, Role Play, Teaching Tip|0 Comments

The Power of Play

What is gamification to you?

At the beginning of the 19th Century, Prussia was repeatedly and humiliatingly defeated by Napoleon. In response, General Gerhard von Scharnhorst instituted numerous reforms; chief among which was a renewed emphasis on education for young officers. A new learning activity, the wargame “Kriegsspiel,” created by Baron von Reiswitz, greeted young cadets at the academy. Students played the game on a table covered with sand and used wooden figures to represent […]

By |April 29th, 2014|Design, Gamification, Pedagogy, Role Play, Teaching Tip|0 Comments