One of the best educational activities for me as a learner has absolutely been role-playing! I really gain deeper insight into the knowledge and skills I am learning. Textbooks, lectures, quizes and essays are not my prefered style of learning. I love the interaction and opportunity to practice what I learn.
Of course it is important that instructors set up the role-plays with clear instructions and learning objectives. The classroom environment has to be supportive and safe. Timely feedback and self-reflection are also essential to gaining the most out of role-play exercises.
Role-playing is a classroom learning strategy and assessment technique that increases student engagement!