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The Arena: An Activity to Foster Teamwork, Communication, and Cooperation In and Across Teams

The Arena activity is an in-class, experiential learning exercise that requires student teams to navigate and assist a blindfolded team member through a maze-like setting. The goal of the activity is to seek and find all of the team’s assigned objects (however, only the blindfolded team member can collect these objects in The Arena). This activity is applicable to courses focusing the development of soft skills like teamwork, cooperation versus competition across teams, communication, and leadership/followership. In this submission, I provide a description of the activity, options for variations of it, and suggestions for debriefing the activity.

Kelly Davis McCauley
West Texas A&M University
United States


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