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Microbes Against Humanity, a workshop game for horrible students: using a creative card game in higher education microbiology teaching

Efthimiou, Georgios; Tucker, Nicholas P.

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Nicholas P. Tucker



Abstract

Introducing creative workshops in higher education curricula, in addition to formal lectures, is an excellent way of reinforcing knowledge and encouraging creative thinking. In particular, the use of card games as a tool for inducing student engagement and enthusiasm has been reported to be a very effective approach. Here, we report an innovative card game-based workshop for use at the intermediate undergraduate level. The name of the game is Microbes Against Humanity and has been adapted from the widely known party game Cards Against Humanity, which is freely available under a creative commons licence. Overall, 64 students and two academics participated in this 2 h workshop. Our students found the workshop to be very enjoyable, considered it to be helpful for their learning and suggested interesting ideas for further improvement. In conclusion, it was shown that such exciting workshops can trigger students’ enthusiasm for microbiology and enhance their learning potential.

Citation

Efthimiou, G., & Tucker, N. P. (2020). Microbes Against Humanity, a workshop game for horrible students: using a creative card game in higher education microbiology teaching. Access Microbiology, https://doi.org/10.1099/acmi.0.000186

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 16, 2020
Online Publication Date Dec 3, 2020
Publication Date Dec 3, 2020
Deposit Date Dec 18, 2020
Publicly Available Date Dec 18, 2020
Journal Access Microbiology
Print ISSN 2516-8290
Publisher Microbiology Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1099/acmi.0.000186
Keywords Microbiology; Microbes Against Humanity; Higher education; Card game; Gamification and creative teaching
Public URL https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/3670920
Publisher URL https://www.microbiologyresearch.org/content/journal/acmi/10.1099/acmi.0.000186

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© 2020 The Authors. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial License. The Microbiology Society waived the open access fees for this
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