Teaching Collaboration in Middle School: New Role Playing Game

Our Agile Strategy Lab, where our work is centered at Purdue, is emerging as a global leader in the Science of Collaboration. Today we began exploring how Strategic Doing can help middle and high school students learn to collaborate.

We co-created a new role playing game with novelist Noah Knox Marshall and had students play it for the first time. Here’s what we learned.

  1. Productive collaboration doesn’t “just happen.” TELLING students TO collaborate is not enough.
  2. We have to SHOW them HOW to collaborate. Strategic Doing, as a discipline for collaboration, can be taught, likely improving the performance of student groups and teams.

Expect much more from this dynamic partnership between Marshall and the Agile Lab.