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.