Game-based learning: teaching how to conduct a research project using a board game

In January, Dr Kay Inckle was awarded an LTI Grant for her “Game of Research” project. She received funding and help from staff at LTI to design and create a board game to help social science students understand the “essential components for a successful qualitative research project”. Findings from her evaluation of the first stage of this project give us some interesting pointers as to how games can be used to support teaching and learning.

The game

The main aspects of the game are:

it functions like Snakes and Ladders in that players will roll a dice and count squares along the board. However, as Kay points out, “in the research version the ‘snakes’ will begin on squares which contain

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