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Practice makes perfect

IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology (AICT)
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In this paper I present the result from a study of how attitudes towards a course and the feeling of learning can change as the teaching style changes. In a traditional course with regard to style of teaching, the students use words such as difficult, comprehensive, confusing and boring when characterizing the course. In other courses with a different pedagogical approach students use words such as instructive, fun and engaging about the same topics. The alternative course is based on a simulation model and role play. In many ways this is a lot like the way a good video game is developed. The participants learn about complex systems by living the role of the player. Like a game, we build our course to be comfortably frustrating. This is learning by doing instead of theory before practice - a way to deeper learning because the participants are brought into a state of mind which makes them so susceptible to learning.Full Text at Springer, may require registration or fee

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