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Fantasy Congress: It’s for Real
Unformatted Document Text:  “Fantasy Congress,” an online drafting game similar to Fantasy Football, allows students to fully engage in learning about the actions of Congress members. Available free online (fantasycongress.com) this game presents an excellent learning opportunity for any Congress course. As an instructor, I was looking for a way to encourage more student participation and active involvement in the course while maintaining a rigorous academic atmosphere. Students object when a course is designed to include heavy student participation but it is not structured in a way where they feel like the other students are increasing their knowledge and skills. This activity is designed to achieve the twofold goals of instilling academic knowledge about Congress and intensifying quality student participation. By designing and implementing a set of activities to correspond to the interactive web-based game “Fantasy Congress,” I achieved both of these goals. The original set up (provided for you here) along with the grading required fairly significant investments of instructor time; however, the investment of time was worth it with respect to the results. The relatively small yet specific assignments throughout the semester held students accountable for providing unique information to the entire class. The result was an enjoyable classroom atmosphere for both professor and students. Basic “Fantasy Congress” Information for Instructors “Fantasy Congress” is an online drafting game where students draft a set number of Congress members for their team. The professor sets the parameters of the team. I set-up Fantasy Congress to include 15 members, three members each from these categories (Fantasy Congress defines each category): Senior Senators, Junior Senators, 2

Authors: Hora, Jennifer.
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“Fantasy Congress,” an online drafting game similar to Fantasy Football, allows
students to fully engage in learning about the actions of Congress members. Available
free online (fantasycongress.com) this game presents an excellent learning opportunity
for any Congress course. As an instructor, I was looking for a way to encourage more
student participation and active involvement in the course while maintaining a rigorous
academic atmosphere. Students object when a course is designed to include heavy
student participation but it is not structured in a way where they feel like the other
students are increasing their knowledge and skills. This activity is designed to achieve
the twofold goals of instilling academic knowledge about Congress and intensifying
quality student participation. By designing and implementing a set of activities to
correspond to the interactive web-based game “Fantasy Congress,” I achieved both of
these goals.
The original set up (provided for you here) along with the grading required fairly
significant investments of instructor time; however, the investment of time was worth it
with respect to the results. The relatively small yet specific assignments throughout the
semester held students accountable for providing unique information to the entire class.
The result was an enjoyable classroom atmosphere for both professor and students.
Basic “Fantasy Congress” Information for Instructors
“Fantasy Congress” is an online drafting game where students draft a set number
of Congress members for their team. The professor sets the parameters of the team. I
set-up Fantasy Congress to include 15 members, three members each from these
categories (Fantasy Congress defines each category): Senior Senators, Junior Senators,
2


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