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How Fantasy Football saved Congress: Active Learning through a Congressional Drafting Game Jennifer J. Hora Assistant Professor of Political Science Valparaiso.

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1 How Fantasy Football saved Congress: Active Learning through a Congressional Drafting Game Jennifer J. Hora Assistant Professor of Political Science Valparaiso University

2 What is Fantasy Congress? Drafting game Teams of Members of Congress Online/Not Online Spring 2007, (online version) Spring 2009, (offline version)

3 Handout Congress Syllabus Page 2: FC is 25% of entire grade Pages 4 & 5: schedule of readings and assignments Pages 6 & 7: Detailed assignments Rules of Draft (page 8) FC Scoring (page 9) Portfolio Checklist (page 10)

4 Excel Sheet Example:

5 Logistics Class size: Easily up to minute classes Collect most (but not all) assignments

6 Assignment Feedback 1. Day it is due, from other students and me 2. Written from me 3. Oral from me to the entire class

7 Highlights Research supports active learning: knowledge public speaking skills Apply theories quality and enthusiastic participation. Does not sacrifice area content. Jigsaw Puzzle exercise.

8 Highlights (cont.) Typical Congress Members covered Eliminates the authority on Congress Simulation Success!


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