The Escape Game: an intercultural educational tool to improve the memorial anchoring of students
MBS integrates escape gaming to bypass the limits of attention and reinforce concepts assimilation.
In the age of hyper connectivity, the attention of the new generation follows a pattern based on a succession of brief micro-tasks. “This is multitasking,” says Dr. Julien GRANATA, “we are moving into the world of instantaneousness, giving the feeling of having to simultaneously treat various topics through various media”. Thus, Y and Z generation students concentrate and navigate every fifteen minutes on average from one subject to another.
Rocio OVILLA BUENO, Professor and Coordinator of the Languages Cluster at Montpellier Business School explained: “as the attention changed, we had to find a playful approach to facilitate concepts and skills assimilation. By integrating the escape game as a learning and evaluation tool, we succeed in circumventing the student’s mental resistance and challenging him / her on short exercises staged in a playful scenario.»
Create inclusive game rules to promote the use of soft skills
Beverly LELIGOIS teaches intercultural management at Montpellier Business School and has adopted the escape game technique to test students’ behavioural skills and teamwork. Based on an investigation scenario around the endangerment of cultural heritage, this exercise called upon the students’ general culture, managerial concepts, empathy and artistic skills. “Within the same team, we could find up to six different nationalities. In the final stage of the game, students had to come together to create a creative medium that symbolized the multicultural personality of their group. “
The key to a successful escape game lies in the strategic aspect of the solutions. Beverly LELIGOIS explained: “the groups that succeeded in the allotted time were those who did not rush and who did a good distribution of roles and tasks. Groups that have put in place a real strategy have managed to limit the conflicts generated by the adventures of the game. The escape game allows students to face situations of failure, without this being interpreted as a sanction and thus invite them to rethink their strategy. “
A method recognized by the academic world
Montpellier Business School’s escape game has a bright future. Following the “Intercultural Management” module offered by Beverly LELIGOIS to Air France, the escape game scenario was registered with the CCMP (Centrale de Cas et de Médias Pédagogiques), a body that guarantees the educational contribution of the game.
In addition, Rocio OVILLA BUENO, who was one of the first to integrate this new mechanism at Montpellier Business School, had the opportunity to present his escape games methodology at UNAM University, in Mexico, in front of 80 professors ready to adopt this learning tool.