There are 2 ways of playing the game:
- Simple - intended for individuals or small groups of up to 4 people. Approx: game time 20-25 minutes.
- Advanced - a competitive game for up to 6 teams with between 2 and 6 players in each team. Approx: game time 25-40 minutes.
In both versions of the game the challenge is to create a teaching session using 6 variables represented by different sets of cards:
Joker cards can have a significant impact on the session being planned. Expect the unexpected.
Participants record their unfolding teaching session on a Teaching Session Planning Sheet (Try our Free template). Towards the end of group games each teaching session is discussed by the wider group and participants vote on ‘which session would you most want to attend?’ The team with the most votes wins the game.
The game was invented at Cardiff University Medical School in 2019 by Julie Browne and Katie Webb.
In 2022 the CARDiph project received ESRC/IAA CRoSS Funding and commercial support from Focus Games has enabled us to present the game to a wider market.
Julie Browne MA, PGCE, SFHEA, FAcadMEd is an award-winning medical educator with twenty years of experience in writing, researching and teaching in the field. Her current role is Senior Lecturer in Academic Practice at Cardiff University School of Medicine where she has a variety of roles in the development of teaching and learning, including Director of the Intercalated Degree in Medical Education. She is also co-Chair of the Editorial Board of Cardiff University Press. She is a recognised international author with over 50 publications in medical and healthcare education. She was a founding member of the Academy of Medical Educators and is currently its elected Registrar. She is the Chair of INHWE’s Interprofessional and Team-Based Learning working group.
Julie's primary research interest is in the professional development and recognition of healthcare educators. She has wide experience of leading national-level consultations into issues relevant to workforce development and is an experienced public speaker. With a passion for healthcare education that comes from decades in the field (including nearly ten years as managing editor for Medical Education, a leading international journal) she is an enthusiastic and energetic supporter of learner-centred approaches to teaching, and strongly committed to the view that excellent healthcare education is essential to safe and humane patient care, now and in the future. As she says, "Things have to be learned - but that's no reason not to have fun while you're doing it."
Dr Katie Webb BA(hons, BPS), MSc, PhD, CPsychol, FAcadMEd is a Reader (Associate Professor) in Medical Education and an award-winning medical educator working academically within the field of heath and work for 18 years with a research background in mental health and decision-making, the academic focus of her PhD. Katie is also an Improvement Advisor and alumni of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society.
Katie has worked in the Schools of Psychology, Social Sciences, Business and Medicine in relation to the education and training of health professionals. Katie’s teaching portfolio includes educational theory and teaching approaches across Undergraduate, Postgraduate and enhancing the education and training of practicing clinicians.
Katie is an internationally recognised author with over 50 peer-reviewed publications on medical education, including a commissioned book by Wiley-Blackwell How to Succeed at Revalidation. Has also led a number of high impact evaluations in health-related education and training and is an experienced public speaker.
Katie works at the boundaries of psychology and applied social science, exploring stress management and behaviour change, how education research makes a difference to clinicians’ workplace practice and how these impact patient care/safety.
Katie is passionate and committed to excellence in education and the professional/personal development of health professionals to deliver safe high quality healthcare, combining theory, practice and creativity.