Role Playing in Online Education: A Teaching Tool to Enhance Student Engagement and Sustained Learning
Innovate: Journal of Online Education Volume 1, Number 4, ISSN 1552-3233
As online education escalates, it is important for instructors to explore teaching techniques that engage students and enhance learning at a profound level. To achieve this goal, instructors must look at the primarily text-based environment of the online class not as a limitation, but as an opportunity. Attentive and highly personal teaching that generates enthusiastic interaction, collaboration, and engaged dialogue among students is desirable in any educational setting. Role playing is one specific online activity that can contribute to a successful and highly enjoyable learning experience. 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. This article describes how the author used role playing with the online students as a teaching tool to enhance student engagement and sustained learning. The author describes three role-playing assignment models, students' reactions to role playing, and the value of online role playing as measured by Bloom's taxonomy.
Bender, T. (2005). Role Playing in Online Education: A Teaching Tool to Enhance Student Engagement and Sustained Learning. Innovate: Journal of Online Education, 1(4),.
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