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Gamifying Game Theory: Helping Students Reflect on the Lecture Before the Lecture

Mike Shor’s session took place during Course Hero’s 2020 virtual Education Summit as a part of the Teaching Techniques and Demos track.

 

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Mike Shor, PhD

Associate Professor of Economics, University Of Connecticut

PhD in Economics, MS in Economics, BS in Economics & Foreign Affairs

Session Title: Gamifying Game Theory: Helping Students Reflect on the Lecture Before the Lecture

Presenter: Mike Shor, Associate Professor of Economics, University Of Connecticut

Date and Time: Friday, July 31st, 2020 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM PDT

Format: Presentation

Session Details: Introducing very simple, short, online “games” or decision problems *prior* to covering a concept in class allows students to put intuition ahead of theory. Since the games are prior to learning the concepts, there is no pressure to “get it right” and mistakes and regrets are celebrated. Additionally, students come to class more eager to see the results of the games and to learn the theory that could explain their missteps.

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