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How Fantasy Football saved Congress: Active Learning through a Congressional Drafting Game. Jennifer J. Hora Assistant Professor of Political Science Valparaiso University. What is Fantasy Congress?. Drafting game “Teams” of Members of Congress Online/Not Online

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How Fantasy Football saved Congress: Active Learning through a Congressional Drafting Game

Jennifer J. Hora

Assistant Professor of Political Science

Valparaiso University


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What is Fantasy Congress?

  • Drafting game

  • “Teams” of Members of Congress

  • Online/Not Online

    • Spring 2007, (online version)

    • Spring 2009, (offline version)


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Handout

  • Congress Syllabus

    • Page 2: FC is 25% of entire grade

    • Pages 4 & 5: schedule of readings and assignments

    • Pages 6 & 7: Detailed assignments

  • Rules of Draft (page 8)

  • FC Scoring (page 9)

  • Portfolio Checklist (page 10)



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Logistics

  • Class size:

    • 16-21

    • Easily up to 40

  • 75 minute classes

  • Collect most (but not all) assignments


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Assignment Feedback

  • Day it is due, from other students and me

  • Written from me

  • Oral from me to the entire class


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Highlights

  • Research supports active learning:

    • ↑ knowledge

    • ↑ public speaking skills

    • Apply theories

  • ↑ quality and enthusiastic participation.

  • Does not sacrifice area content.

  • Jigsaw Puzzle exercise.


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Highlights (cont.)

  • Typical Congress Members covered

  • Eliminates “the” authority on Congress

  • Simulation Success!


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