Karleen Hanson of Rocky Mountain Credit Union has created a Jeopardy-style game to educate participants about the full range of financial products and services available at credit unions. The content and format have been developed and tested both in internal trainings and in one community session—where Hanson says it got a very positive response.

The idea for a game-show style class came from games used by the credit union in their internal trainings and a listserv suggestion. Hanson says that people are likely to find a game show approach to learning about finances more enticing than traditional methods of instruction.

“It’s hard to get people to come to a presentation on managing their finances. A game show approach is a way to energize [the learning process]. If people come through the door and see Jeopardy, they’ll think, ‘Whoa, this is going to be fun.’ They’ll be excited.”

Hanson believes that the game show approach holds appeal across all ages, and that the content of questions can be modified depending on the audience. Ideally, she would like to offer the class to credit union clients, community meetings, and students.

For more information on Rocky Mountain Credit Union, please visit http://www.rmcu.net/.

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