Student Engagement Techniques

Jeopardy Game

This Instructional strategies report is an assignment for the Course PIDP 3250 I am taking at Vancouver Community College.

The task was to learn about the different SET (Student engagement techniques) Introduced in the textbook and select one to report on. I found a lot of ideas that are brilliant, but the Jeopardy Game idea stuck out for me and in the video I talk about why.

References / Sources

Textbook: Elizabeth F. Barkley (Author), C. H. (2020). Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty. In Student Engagement Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty. Jossey-Bass.

Jeopardy Labs. (n.d.).

Jeopardy PowerPoint template: Slidelizard. (2020, September 30).

ispring. (2015, September 21). ispringsolutions. Retrieved from How to make a jeopardy game in PowerPoint:

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Why do you like this particular SET?

In trades education, we often have to cover material that seems dry and technical. At the same time, our students need to understand and internalize the information. The material is part of the training because it

  • Keeps them from harm (like WHMIS)
  • Is required learning for exams
  • Equips them to become competent tradespeople

These sections in the trades education are universally hated by students and instructors. The temptation to learn questions and answers by heart to repeat them in the exam is tempting.

I like the idea of introducing a Jeopardy-style game.

What is the SET? Summarize the technique

To test learned knowledge and prepare for exams, this student engagement technique turns material into a question and answer game that can be used in a classroom setting or online.

Converting the important material into a question and answer game does two things:

  1. The gamification adds a fun factor and a little bit of competitiveness.
  2. Ensures that students read and understood the material.

How might you use this SET in your teaching?

Jeopardy games can be played in offline and online sessions.

PowerPoint templates can be filled with questions and answers used in classroom settings

Or you can make them from scratch.

Online versions of this game are even more fun to play

JeopardyLabs lets you create online versions of the game for a lifetime membership of $20.

(Jeopardy Labs, n.d.) You can share your game with other instructors or you can even find a suitable deck that others have created.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of using this SET?

As mentioned, gamifying the recall of learned information is a lot of fun. It motivates students and can reduce exam anxiety.

Creating these game sets is very time intensive and therefore I would use them sparingly. But I would create them for materials that will come up in every future course. Because you can alter the templates they are easily adapted to new information in the future.

When using this SET, what is the role of:


The instructor develops the questions and answers and functions as game-show-host


Students form groups and find the answers together.

The following video is an example of a deck that can be used to test knowledge about WHIMS

WHIMIS stands for Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System and is a Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) developed by the United Nations.

The students form three groups

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