Role Playing in Online Education: A Teaching Tool to Enhance Student Engagement and Sustained Learning

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2005

This article advocates for online role playing as an educational tool that engages and promotes sustained learning. The author, Tisha Bender, believes that by providing opportunities for students to create and participate in role-playing scenarios, instructors can gain a sounder knowledge of each student, and students can benefit through increased interaction with the material and with each other.

Bender suggests that role playing connects students to the course material—and to each other—more intimately and successfully than a traditional lecture can. She provides technical tips for establishing an online "theatre", describes three role-playing assignment models, and evaluates those models according to Bloom’s taxonomy. Bender also reports student reactions to role-playing exercises and suggests concrete criteria for grading individual performances.

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UNESCO - Bangkok - ICT in Education, April 12 2005.

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