Dramatised role plays

In their MOOC on Journalism Skills for Engaged Citizens, Margaret Simons and Denis Muller wanted to show their learners how journalists work with a confidential informant when researching a story.

A role play provided a scripted dramatisation for the learners and added an exemplar of how a journalist could conduct such an interview. This approach conveyed more than a few pages of text could and was seemingly more engaging.

Pop-up messages during the video using Coursera’s in-video quiz tool allow learners to consider the scenario and how they might react to some of the informant’s requests.

TIP – Consider hiring actors for role plays as their acting skills can make the video feel more realistic than eager volunteers.

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