Role play exercises provide an opportunity for a learner to assume a role for either the purpose of practicing that role or learning the responsibilities and tasks related to that role. As an instructional technique, role plays encourage active learning, creative thinking and provide insights into tasks required of different roles within a discipline or organization. Learn how role plays exercises can be integrated into a learning environment to engage and motivate learners.
- One of the reasons college students and others…are often disengaged with instruction…is that they fail to see the context…in which the content they are learning will be used.…One way to help combat this disconnect…is to have students engage in role play activities.…In corporate environments a role play exercise…can provide realistic practice of a method or technique,…such as a sales role play.…In an academic setting, a role play can help learners…understand the types of positions…and employment opportunities that exist…within a certain field.…
Or a role play can be used to illustrate social issues,…such as assuming the role of a politician making a stand…for or against a controversial issue.…In an academic setting,…a role play can be a semester long endeavor,…where students assume a certain role…for a long period of time and work within that role.…For example, I teach a class where students learn…how to respond to a request for a proposal…as part of a role play in which they assume…roles in a fictitious company.…
- Understanding the value of engaged learners
- Using index cards and flip charts
- Role playing
- Asking learners to give presentations
- Using blogs, wikis, and other collaborative tools