Monday, October 12, 2020

2020 #DTA: #VWEDU: Learning in role-play: Can you do that online? Yes you can. But you gotta know the territory.


Learning in role-play:  
Can you do that online?  
Yes you can.  
But you gotta know the territory.

Virtual worlds have both scenes and characters.  Roleplaying as a hobby is a well-established activity there.  For entrepreneurial instructors it offers an instructional method that taps into imagination, motivation, and social behavior. 
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  • The territory in this case is a digital world.  A MUVE A virtual world.
  • Online learning does not have to be solitary in a digital world.
  • People can play a role relevant to the learning context.
  • In an avatar that fits the role.
  • In a scene that fits the story

Where would you use role-play in teaching? 

  • The obvious place is literature: Theater and fiction.  
  • Creative writing: Role-play is writing in action. 
  • History: Controversy, presentation planning.
  • Science: Controversy or presentation planning. 
  • Second language: Any theme, but in the second language.
  • Fine arts:  Art critics discussing an art object.  

How would you create roles?

Literature

  • The roles are the characters in the story.

Controversy

  • If the figures in the controversy are not identified, create characters for each major position.
  • In many controversies, there will advocates for the old ideas, others for the new ideas, and the compromisers.
  • Add one or more reporters expecting to write news items about the discussion.

Presentations

  • Resource person
  • Organizer, top view
  • Fact checker
  • Audience representative

Creative writing

  • Characters from one or more stories (existing or in writing)

How would you create the scenario? 

Literature

  • Reenact a scene from the literature, but in your own words.
  • Bring the characters together to explain why they did what they did.
  • Bring characters together from two different stories to discuss who won.

Controversy

  • Stage a debate

Presentations

  • Gather the information resources
  • Select a theme
  • Organize the content into a sequence.
  • Review the content sequence from the standpoint of the audience.

Creative writing

What would the DTA do?

  • Present the scenario.
  • Assign roles.
  • Record the text or speech. 
  • Take a role that guides the play (probably asking questions)

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