Monday, 26 September 2016

WHY WE USE GAMES IN THE WORKSHOP

Why we use games in the workshop?

Games are used In Workshops as they are powerful, engaging and entertaining tools for participants to learn the concepts or principles as they creep into the games. They also can be used to stimulate thinking and teach a variety of skills and concepts–even if the game players may not realize it at the time.

During the workshop, participants played a variety of games that ranged from warm-up exercises and ice-breakers to longer interactions that taught in-depth concepts. These games required them to communicate effectively in verbal and nonverbal ways, collaborate with one another in teams to achieve desired results, collectively and individually create new concepts, and adapt quickly to change.


The workshop also provided opportunities for participants to debrief as a group and connect the activities to the learning outcomes. Debriefing these activities is of particular importance, as this is when the main learning occurs. It also enables participants to reference their past experiences and connect them to the activities as well as the course materials.