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Meeting Minutes 4-08-2022

Game Based Learning (GBL) Faculty Interest Group (FIG) – Notes from Meeting Two

Friday, April 8th, 2022, 1:50pm via Zoom

Grace Axler-DiPerte, Facilitator

Participants: Grace Axler-DiPerte (KCC BIO), Lilja Neilsen (KCC BIO), Christina Colon (KCC BIO), Tom Lavazzi (KCC ENG), Amy Haas (KCC Business)

Meeting began at 1:50pm.

  • We began with a review of how the semester is going:
    • The James Goetz Memorial Photo Essay Contest is now open for entries.
    • Amy mentioned she found a good online tool for making crossword puzzles, that students can do entirely online.
      • https://crosswordlabs.com/
      • Is free, and very simple to make a crossword
      • Students can submit a screenshot of their work for credit
      • Has response validation so students know when they have the correct answer
      • Fun review of vocabulary
      • Can also collect clues from students to make a student generated crossword, or have students make a crossword for their classmates to solve.
    • Tom mentioned that he is working on a new tool to help students become immersed in sentence diagramming.
  • We worked on how to set up Groups in Blackboard for a more collaborative environment.
  • We continued our work on Escape Rooms, working on the folder in Google Drive (contact Grace for the link).
    • Discussed using Escape Rooms in teams. We think it might best work synchronously, rather than asynchronously when working as a group.
    • Went through set up of the “room” or Google Slide to include links to “locks” or Google Forms, as well as instructions for players of your “room”
    • Instructions can be made as a Google Doc, another slide, or even a fun video that goes with your theme or lesson.
    • Not all clues/locks need to be Google forms.
      • Ciphers, webpages or videos can also contain information or clues to unlock your room.
      • You can make fake text messages, newspaper articles, or even receipts using tools available on the internet, and these can serve as clues or devices to add drama and interest to your room.
    • We went through an example of a branched choice with feedback in Google Forms.
    • Some effective escape rooms may be entirely in Google Forms without a slide “room”
    • For our next meeting, each participant has been asked to try and make a “lock” in the Google Slide, or Google Forms. It need not be elaborate, and at our next meeting on May 6th, 2022, we will put the locks together to make our final “door” to escape the room.
  • Meeting ended at 2:50PM

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