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Table 1 Creating your own set of NTS Bingo cards

From: Non-Technical Skills Bingo—a game to facilitate the learning of complex concepts

1) Decide how many different cards you want to create, for example 50.

2) Decide how many elements should be on one card, for example 5.

3) Specify how many elements you want to distribute across the cards, for example 15 ANTSdk elements [4].

4) Use a spread sheet programme and create the sequence from 1 to 15, with 15 rows within one column. Copy this sequence at the bottom of the column so that you end up with 250 rows that repeatedly contain the sequence from 1 to 15. Copy all used cells in this column.

5) Open a “list randomizer”, for example Paste your figures into the field offered for input. Click “randomize” and copy the ready list from the website.

6) Paste the randomized list into your spread sheet programme.

7) Use the “Search and Replace” function to change the numbers in your file against the elements that you want to have on your cards, for example replace “6” with “Gathering information”. Replace all the figures with the respective text strings. Note that you might have to check “entire cell only” or similar as search condition, to avoid replacing the “6” in “16”. You end up with a list that has 250 rows with a random sequence of the elements you want to have on your cards.

8) Creating empty lines for the notes: Create a new “sorting” column next to your “elements column”. The sorting column should contain the running figures from 1 to 250. Copy all the 250 rows one more time below, within the same sorting column. Click in the first cell of your “sorting” column and sort your file according to this column, ascending. This will create automatically an empty line after each of your elements in your “elements column”.

9) Open you word processor and create a table with 10 rows and 1 column. Refine the layout, if desired, and provide the instructions. Copy this table 50 times.

Copy the first five elements from your spread sheet “elements row” and paste them into the first empty table in your word processor. Copy the next five elements into the next card and so on. Repeat until all word processor tables are filled.