What is the best way to close out a course? The current gamification trend suggests updating some tried and true methods. Below is a classic Toolbox post on how to turn the last day into a game of Jeopardy. However, MBA students at the University of South Florida have recently updated it with a very slick PowerPoint version that is really worth checking out. Since the file has macros, you will need to download it and run it in PowerPoint (can’t be viewed otherwise). The categories and questions can be edited in PowerPoint. The students read Richard Rumelt’s Good Strategy, Bad Strategy and turned the key points into Jeopardy questions. They then used buzzers (below) and the file above to run a Jeopardy-based class exercise. (Thanks so much to Erwin Danneels and his students, Pranali Panjwani, Elliott Parker, Blesson Mullappally, Saharsh Kislaya, Bikash Patra, for sharing).
If you want to add some spice to this exercise, you might get a set of buzzers that contestants can use to get control of the board. Here is a link for a reasonably priced set of buzzers on Amazon.
This can also be done in a lower tech manner by using a white board for the categories and dollar amounts. One can also have Daily Doubles and a final Jeopardy question. The ‘prize’ might be that the winning team gets extra class participation points for that day. Alternatively, one might find other meaningful prizes to distribute.
Here is another take at Jeopardy Questions in a word file. As you can see, they are a mix of course ideas and fun topics. For the category ‘Before and After’ (which is the hardest), the instructor would display the question on a projector so students could read and think about it (otherwise one can just read the questions).
I developed a jeopardy game as a review for the final exam for my strategy courses. It uses a powerpoint template like the one above. Students seem to really enjoy this review, and it shows them the importance of studying for the final. Moreover, it lets them apply strategy concepts one more time before the class is over (my objective).
I recommend trying this format. Note I use teams and have students self-score in the first round – including a “double jeopardy” question. The top 2 teams go to the finals and face off. Each team designates a “hand raiser” and My TA watches to see which team raises its hand first – they like this “low-tech” approach. So, if you do not want to purchase buzzers, this technique will work for you. In the event of a hand raising tie, I use “rock, paper, scissors” to break the tie. Each team gets 2 “life lines” in the final round they can use to ask students in the audience for help. If you “guessed” the eventual winning team correctly, you get a small piece of candy. Winners get candy bars.