Tip #607: Tic-Tac-Toe, What Do You Know?

“Life is more fun if you play games.” Roald Dahl

Learning is also more fun if you play games!

I was reading a wonderful InfoLine written by Julie Patrick: “Creative Facilitation Techniques for Training” and found a simple yet effective content review activity: Tic-Tac-Toe.

According to Ms. Patrick, this activity can be used: in classroom training, during on-the-job training that involves at least two participants, or with an unlimited number of participants during synchronous online sessions.

The tic-tac-toe “board” can be drawn on a flipchart or provided in a handout.

Two participants or two teams compete against each other to answer content review questions. If they answer correctly, they place an X or an O on the tic-tac-toe “board.” Regardless if the answer is correct or not, the opposing player(s) take the next turn.

The facilitator can read out the questions or provide question cards for each group. In the latter case, the opposing teams or participants would take turns asking a question.

Play continues until either a participant or team wins or it is clear that no one will win the game.

This is the first time I’ve heard about using tic-tac-toe and I love it!

This is the type of learning activity that is easy to design and facilitate. If an unanticipated need arises, it can even be designed “on the spot” to check learning comprehension or retention.

Have you used it before?

May your learning be sweet.

Deborah

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