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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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    1. How Fantasy Football saved Congress: Active Learning through a Congressional Drafting Game Jennifer J. Hora Assistant Professor of Political Science Valparaiso University

    2. What is Fantasy Congress? • Drafting game • “Teams” of Members of Congress • Online/Not Online • Spring 2007, (online version) • Spring 2009, (offline version)

    3. 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)

    4. Excel Sheet Example:

    5. Logistics • Class size: • 16-21 • Easily up to 40 • 75 minute classes • Collect most (but not all) assignments

    6. Assignment Feedback • Day it is due, from other students and me • Written from me • Oral from me to the entire class

    7. Highlights • Research supports active learning: • ↑ knowledge • ↑ public speaking skills • Apply theories • ↑ quality and enthusiastic participation. • Does not sacrifice area content. • Jigsaw Puzzle exercise.

    8. Highlights (cont.) • Typical Congress Members covered • Eliminates “the” authority on Congress • Simulation Success!