Methods: During a one-time session, students from two colleges of pharmacy engaged in three ID game-based active learning strategies each lasting a pre-specified time. These strategies included a card game about calculations (Fightin Figures, FF), a quiz game about antibiotic fundamentals (Rapid Rounds, RR), and a board game using NAPLEX practice exam questions (Pills and Placebos, PP). Students completed a survey for each game assessing enjoyment and estimated time spent playing each game.
Results: 84 students participated. Demographics of the sample include female 53%, mean age 26.7 years, and mean GPA 3.6. Using a Likert scale from 1-10 (1 = not enjoyable, 10 = very enjoyable) student rated each game: FF 6.5 ± 2.2, RR 7.2 ± 2.3, PP 8.4 ± 1.8. The time estimation ratio, calculated by dividing the estimated time by the actual time for each game was 0.9 ± 0.5 for FF, 1.5 ± 0.6 for RR, and 1.0 ± 04 for PP. The percentage of students who underestimated time spent playing was 57% for FF, 8% for RR, and 41% for PP. There were no differences in time estimation ratio based on sex, age, or GPA.
Conclusion: Although a small study, there was no trend toward association of time underestimation and enjoyment of these teaching methods. Students enjoyed the board game PP the most yet the time estimation ratio was 1.0, indicating estimated and actual time on task were the same. Students enjoyed FF the least but this was the only game they underestimated time spent on task.