Role Playing

​Overview

Role play is one type of simulation activity that allows students to act out situations that they may encounter in their chosen professions or the “real-world” as a form of experiential learning. Specifically, “Role play refers to activities where students simulate a scenario by assuming specific roles. In the classroom, students can work through a situation and practice behavior for the real world” (Center for Learning, enhancement, Assessment, and Redesign, 2013, para. 1). Role play and simulations may help students develop empathy for others, may change their existing attitudes and/or behaviors, and enhance their critical thinking skills by employing creativity to problem-solve. Simulations and role-play activities can be implemented using face-to-face interactions or via computers. Thus, role playing and simulations can be used in face-to-face, online, or hybrid learning environments.

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Posted by: Dina Battaglia

Original Posting Date: 10/27/14