Tips for Facilitators
The Most Effective Use of Instructional
The Most Effective Use Of Instructional Games
The people who learn the most from an instructional game
are its designers!
This is because game designers have to analyze the topic, convert the
concepts into game materials, and create rules that reflect real-world models.
In the process, the game designers learn a lot.
Here are some guidelines for exploiting this fact:
- Describe a framegame and ask the participants to create the necessary
- Give the participants a training game with a few question cards and
ask them to create more. Later, exchange the question cards among different
teams and have them play the game.
- Provide a template for a simulation game and ask the participants to
design their own game.
- Give the participants a generic game board and have them create the
- Play a popular trivia game (example: TRIVIAL PURSUIT or OUTBURST) and
ask the participants to generate suitable cards (related to the training
topic) for use with the game.
- Identify a popular TV game (example: FAMILY FEUD or JEOPARDY) and ask
the participants to design the questions for these games.
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