Students hit "Play" on RPG course before first class

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I am putting the final touches on my critical thinking, role playing game, choose your own adventure course (five years in the making) that begins on this Monday, May 9th. I am alien from the planet Propagandus. My students are Resistance Rebels. Together we are saving the world from brainwashing aliens. Students earn Experience Points, Reputation Points and Skill Points in place of marks. Students level up through a four level, RPG, until they reach Master Critical Thinker status and the end of the course and game. The students have hit "Play" on the RPG course before the first day of classes by emailing me in character as Resistance Rebels and referring to me by my alien name, Criticare, Resistance Alliance Leader. Gamification of this course is already proving to engage the students!