Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

On-line role-play as a teaching method in engineering studies

Adolfo Cobo, Olga Conde Campos, Mª Ángeles Quintela, Jesús Mª Mirapeix, José MIguel López Higuera


We propose to adapt the role-play teaching methodology to engineering studies, trying to overcome obstacles like its exclusive association with fantasy games or its demand of social skills. We have chosen the role of a maintenance technician, a relevant job profile for engineering graduates. The interaction is based on email exchange, and the instructor is included in the simulation to guide the activity development and the achievement of the learning objectives. In this paper, our experience with this methodology, its implementation, results and student feedback are presented.

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