Role Play

Last Updated: November 3rd, 2016

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Overview

In role playing activities participants act as various characters or roles. Role playing activities encourage students to “put themselves in another’s shoes” in order to act out a fictional scenario.

Application to All Courses

Critical Thinking

  • Develops empathy, new insights, and enlivens discussion.
  • Conveys information to stimulate discussion and communication.
  • Allows for a variety of situations and parameters such as model organizations, mock trials and legislatures, political discussions, human relationships, and foreign language scenarios.

Distance Education

  • Allows adult learners to bring personal experience into role play activities.
  • Asynchronous role playing activities allows for students to reflect and consider options while participating.
  • Online role playing can be structured to provide students with a greater degree of anonymity thus encouraging participation from all students.

Participation

  • Role playing activities garner attention, participation, and motivation from students.

Examples

Getting Started

When considering role playing activities it is helpful to consider

  • What is the purpose of the role playing activity? For example character building? To demonstrate sides of an argument? To illustrate an example? To simulate a real life situation?
  • How many roles will be assigned and who will each role be assigned to?
  • Are there guidelines for the characteristics of the role? How will these be communicated to the student?
  • What will be the required elements of the role playing exercise? What must the student display while playing his or her role?
  • How will the role playing activity be evaluated?

Tools for Synchronous Role Play

Tools for Asynchronous Role Play

  • Create asynchronous role play activities by assigning students to roles and having them simulate a situation through using the text, thread, and commenting features of Blogs, Discussion Boards, and Wikis.
  • Create asynchronous role play activities by assigning students to roles and having them record and post a simulation as a group, or their individual role to BlogsMediasite, Podcasts, Web Pages, or YouTube.

Additional Resources

For information on tools available to conduct and evaluate synchronous Role Play visit:

For information on tools available to conduct and evaluate asynchronous Role Play visit:

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