You’ll be able to make multiple game activities in minutes if you already have questions or quizzes, or even simpler, glossaries.
No? Well, good news, glossaries are one of the easiest and quickest resources to create. It is as easy as adding the term and subsequent definition. I often set students the task of writing glossaries for topics as extended learning tasks… I then moderate their entries and hey presto, glossary done (and no, you can not really count this as YOUR investment but you can take credit for the time saving).
Top Tip: Before you created the glossary resource, do plan ahead and create categories. For example, if you are collecting Shakespearean characters, provide the Shakespeare plays they appeared in as categories. Code the entries as you / students add them. Why? Just give me a moment and I will explain.
Investing just 20 minutes to create a glossary, gives you access to 8 game activities. The questions or prompts drawn from the glossary you have just created. To be honest, the games may not be the most attractive, but they are flexible, very quick and easy to create, extremely functional and to a degree, quite fun. Amazing really, considering a most of the games can be created in just 5 or 6 clicks. What the heck, make 2 or 3 games and recap learning in a range of styles.
My only frustration was having to change my role to a student to see the finished game so I am hereby official requesting a ‘preview your game’ button. It would be most useful.
Now, why did we bother with categories? If you had spent the extra couple of minutes needed to create categories and to sort entries, you now get the added bonus of being able to create games by glossary category. In essence, multiplying the 8 games by a factor of ‘the number of categories’ you created. This is the kind of know-how one acquires only after the horse has bolted, and yes, I did have to go back and add categories and sort the entries. At least you get to benefit.
Without question, Moodle can be a time black hole, however, in this instance, this is some learning return on your time (Moodle) investment. The fact that our students will be having fun whilst learning is a bonus.
(Incidentally, we have had the Moodle Games Module available on our Moodle for some 6 months, it has just taken this long to learn everything else.)