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Georgia Southern University

2016

Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education

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Role Play In Large Enrollment Stem, Mary Kay Cassani, Andrew Wilkinson Mar 2016

Role Play In Large Enrollment Stem, Mary Kay Cassani, Andrew Wilkinson

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Higher education is increasingly focused on raising class sizes as a point of economy. Engaging non-science majors in STEM courses can be challenging in large enrollment classes. Active learning strategies such as role playing can be particularly effective in large classes. Role playing is a familiar activity for students, from video games to Ren fairs, from tabletop games to cosplay. Using role playing activities that employ small-group collaboration can humanize complex topics, immerse students in the learning process, and help create ownership of knowledge. While more common in business, medical and social sciences, role playing can easily be incorporated in ...