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Course Content Bingo

Have you been looking for an activity to encourage your students to engage with each other and with course content? Lauren Moret, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling, has just the answer—and it’s as easy as B-I-N-G-O. In her Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods course, Moret tried a bingo activity and, based on student enthusiasm and their engagement with the content, it was a hit!

Here’s how it works: Provide custom bingo cards to your students. Each square on the card includes a question about the course content. With their bingo cards, students move around the class and pose the questions to their fellow students. When a student answers the question correctly, they sign the bingo card. The goal is to obtain two students’ correct responses to each question to fill up the square. When a student fills up enough squares to reach bingo, they are the winner.

Shift and Share

Tired of group presentations given to the whole class? Want students to become involved? Turn your classroom into a mini conference. In this set-up, small groups of three to four students develop a presentation together (use your typical presentation assignment for this). Before the presentation day, prep students to come with a card on which they have written down one question for each group’s topic. Discuss the types of questions they can ask and explain how to field questions as a professional would. On presentation day, divide the room into stations: two students from each group will present their information, with visuals and props, at their station. The other students will rotate throughout the stations, listening to the presentations, asking their questions, and taking notes—you will signal a switch to the next station every seven minutes or so. Halfway through the event, take a break and let the group members trade off, with presenters becoming the new audience members. At the end, collect notes from each student to count as a grade or as participation points. You can find a version of this event on the Liberating Structures website.