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Fantasy Congress: It’s for Real
Unformatted Document Text:  Congress” team members. Virtually all students were able to contribute regularly based on their individual research. Not only were students able to regularly participate, their contributions were truly remarkable. Each student had highly specialized information about at least 15 members of Congress. Considering the different drafting strategies used by 18 people, the class as a whole had large sections of Congress covered. For instance, the day we discussed Congressional committees, each student had researched one House and one Senate committee (where at least one of “Fantasy Congress” team members served on that committee). Each student knew a significant amount of information about two different committees; the class as a whole shared and exchanged information about most Congressional committees. This also created an environment where all students increased their knowledge about how the majority and minority parties worked together or against each other on committees. “Fantasy Congress” also created an environment where students held themselves and their classmates responsible for information. So often in a classroom, the professor is seen as “the” authority on the topic. The design of “Fantasy Congress” produced a situation where students looked to both his or her own research as well as classmates’ research to answer questions which arose during class time. They listened more to each other, and knew that student comments in class might be of vital importance to the discussion. Students also enjoyed the competitive element stemming from playing the online version of the game. The website makes the point totals available at all times. Students started discussing point leaders several minutes before the start of class, unprompted by 9

Authors: Hora, Jennifer.
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Congress” team members. Virtually all students were able to contribute regularly based
on their individual research.
Not only were students able to regularly participate, their contributions were truly
remarkable. Each student had highly specialized information about at least 15 members
of Congress. Considering the different drafting strategies used by 18 people, the class as
a whole had large sections of Congress covered. For instance, the day we discussed
Congressional committees, each student had researched one House and one Senate
committee (where at least one of “Fantasy Congress” team members served on that
committee). Each student knew a significant amount of information about two different
committees; the class as a whole shared and exchanged information about most
Congressional committees. This also created an environment where all students
increased their knowledge about how the majority and minority parties worked together
or against each other on committees.
“Fantasy Congress” also created an environment where students held themselves
and their classmates responsible for information. So often in a classroom, the professor is
seen as “the” authority on the topic. The design of “Fantasy Congress” produced a
situation where students looked to both his or her own research as well as classmates’
research to answer questions which arose during class time. They listened more to each
other, and knew that student comments in class might be of vital importance to the
discussion.
Students also enjoyed the competitive element stemming from playing the online
version of the game. The website makes the point totals available at all times. Students
started discussing point leaders several minutes before the start of class, unprompted by
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