We are showered with love everyday from both instructors and students. However, this one particular story, recounted by Texas A&M instructor Noah Bacine, leads us to believe that perhaps MobLab can help you find love as well.
Let me preface this story with my aside about chat. Student’s absolutely love the chat feature, it may cause a lot of noise in your data, but it is very effective in keeping students actively engaged. That being said, I never know what will happen when I turn on the chat feature in these games. I would like to believe that telling the students that I can see the chat would lead them to focus solely on the game but in many cases it only seemed to exacerbate the desire to say off the wall things.
My favorite MobLab chat story is about one student trying to use the in-game chat feature in a partner’s game to get a date. Dictator partner’s were anonymous and there was a pretty uneven split in groups so that there was way more males in the class then females. This did not deter one student who offered the entire pie in exchange for a phone number. It did not matter to them that they were talking to a stranger who had a good chance of not even being their desired gender or that I would be able to see all of this afterwards. Luckily, the other student was a good sport and gently tried to push the student back towards playing the actual game. I wonder what kind of story they’ll tell their future kids about how they met.
Happy #EconValentines. Stay tuned for our full interview with Noah!