Document Type

Presentation

Presentation Date

2-6-2015

Conference Name

18TH ANNUAL FORT WAYNE TEACHING CONFERENCE

Conference Location

Fort Wayne, IN

Abstract

Faculty are increasingly encouraged to incorporate group interaction and social media into classroom pedagogies to enhance learning and facilitate student engagement. With that goal in mind, I designed a game entitled Find the Sociology! and kept a journal during the process of its implementation in three 100-level sociology courses during Fall Semester 2014. The game requires students to use sociology concepts as if they were 'tools in a toolkit' that they draw upon to analyze a video. For this reason, the game is only used during the second half of the semester (on Fridays). In this session, I describe the game and reflect upon the pedagogical challenges and opportunities associated with relinquishing control of classroom time to students to foster student engagement. The structure of the game ensured the involvement of all students. Some students resisted complete involvement while others began bringing their textbook to class on Fridays to assist them with the classroom activity. I describe how, through reflection over time, the rules of the game evolved to balance the goals of increased student engagement with accurate clarification of sociological content.

Disciplines

Sociology

Included in

Sociology Commons

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