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Thursday, October 13 • 2:20pm - 2:40pm
2e) The Search for Best Practice in Role-Playing Assignments

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Reacting to the Past role-playing games and other deep-immersion pedagogies can increase student engagement and improve many learning outcomes. But they can also create discomfort, whether around requiring public speaking or portraying racist or other problematic historical viewpoints. Should students be given input into what role they will play? Or should role assignment be entirely and purposefully random? Can we discern a set of best practices that will stretch students while also ensuring safety and engagement? Participants in this session will examine a variety of approaches, take a look at some preliminary data, and discuss this developing research area.
1. Gain insight into the possible impact of role assignment strategies on student outcomes, based on the preliminary data from an ongoing study.
2. See a variety of strategies used by faculty for role assignment.
3. Consider choosing a role assignment strategy matched to their own goals, 


Mary Strasma

Eastern Michigan University

Thursday October 13, 2022 2:20pm - 2:40pm EDT
Minerva's Boardroom (by elevator in main lobby)
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