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U100 classes use card games as tools for learning

  By: RACHEL NUNER
Staff Writer
rnuner@iusb.edu

Card games are emerging on IU South Bend’s campus with an intellectual twist.
A specially created game, “13 Fallacies,” was introduced to all sections of U100 in fall 2014 as a way to heighten student mastery and serve as a tool for hands-on learning.
Joel Langston, manager of Media Services, and Kathleen Sullivan, director of the U100 program, teamed up to make this game idea a reality. It focuses on being able to recognize fallacies in communication, which is a valued skill among college students.
Thus far, students have taken a liking to the game.
“After knowing the fallacies you really begin to think smarter,” said Asia Romero, a former U100 student.
The cards contain a set of fallacies and a set of scenarios which students must match appropriately.
“We figured replacing traditional lecture with an educational card game would be a fun way to get students excited about learning some really important skills,” said Sullivan. “It’s somewhat similar to ‘Apples to Apples’ or ‘Cards Against Humanity.’”
The game will be played for multiple weeks during the third (last) unit of the semester.
An additional card game will be introduced to U100 students at the end of this fall semester. “Renaissance Gambit” is a way to become familiar and acclimated to the multiple services around campus and will be presented as a scavenger hunt.
“Cards will be placed around campus in resourceful locations and it’s up to the students to find them,” Sullivan said.
Some of the locations in which the cards will be placed include the library, the Writer’s Room and a plethora of places with resources that are worthwhile for students to know about.
“Renaissance Gambit,” however, will not necessarily serve as an extended learning tool within the classroom. Rather, the scavenger hunt will take place during only one class period at the very end of the semester.
The U100 classes first appeared at IUSB in 2007 but “it took about two years to get everything going successfully,” Sullivan said. “U100 is highly encouraged for students who did not perform to the best of their ability in high school.”
However, all students are encouraged to take the class regardless of their educational past.
Many ideas presented in the course include how to manage one’s time, how to balance the many facets of life and how to study effectively.
A major goal of U100 is to heighten student’s retention levels and help students better connect to surrounding community members, including instructors, peer mentors and fellow students. Each U100 section is assigned a trained peer mentor who helps guide the students through the semester.
“Great success comes from the class when students apply what they’ve learned in U100 to their other courses,” Sullivan said.
For additional information regarding the U100 classes please contact Kathleen Sullivan at sullivka@iusb.edu.

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