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  • can benefit multiple learning styles, personalities, and skill levels


  • developing game
  • designing implementation strategies
Activity Time few minutes to entire class session, depending on complexity of game
  • individual
  • pairs
  • groups
Become comfortable with the game before assigning this exercise,
but do not feel like you have to be an expert as it can be a learning
experience all round.
Assessment medium-stakes, formative

Games are situated where critical thinking and reasoning are developed actively in a non-threatening, student-centered learning environment. Students are able to have immediate feedback and rationales. And instructors might facilitate discussions based on that feedback immediately after the game has concluded. Games can benefit multiple learning styles, personalities, and skill levels. Using positive reinforcement, they can encourage intrinsic motivation.

Games may be played individually or in teams, online and face-to-face, and may be adapted for play in both small and large class sizes. Game play spans across disciplines and may be adapted to be be realized in conjunction with other active learning strategies. Games must be brought back to the key lesson topics in order for the game activities to be focused and purposeful.

Game play does not have to be limited to a classroom activity; for example, carrying games outside of the class may allow for them to extend over a longer period of time. Developed as more complex exercises, the games outside of the classroom can encourage deeper engagement and skill development.