How authentic do we want this experience to continue to be? During boot camp nobody receives choices other than to do what’s being instructed in the military. Why should we give our learners choices when our combat veterans had none? What do we do? Is it possible to recreate this feeling of loss of choices? We’re mirroring an experience many of our learners, future social workers and helping professionals, may not ever experienced in their life. There needs to be a learning balance.
Working on this problem of how authentic our simulated experiences should be is tough when designing. As an inclusive designer, I love to give learners choices on how they submit their assignments to help increase the engagement yet should they have a choice on what they do during boot-camp? The die heart immersive designer in me says NO! I always ask, What would Chris say (My brother from another mother). It would be no lol yet I’m glad Emily brought up these question during our work time. Early this week we came up with some amazing ideas on how to give our learners choices on what to do during boot-camp and assigning points while creating a leader board to view the points. lol We go big all the time. Now…we’re back to the basics on allowing no choice in what they do for boot-camp but choice in how they submit. The boot-camp assignments are to build camaraderie. The only way to do is have all of them go through the same thing and share.
Dilemma solved. Love to hear your thoughts.