Nicola Whitton ARGs In Charity And Education

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Nicola Whitton ARGs In Charity And Education

  1. 1. Alternate Reality Games for Orientation, Socialisation and Induction Dr Nicola Whitton Manchester Metropolitan University
  2. 2. ARGs in education <ul><li>An active learning experience that is… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Contextualised </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaborative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Experiential </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enquiry-based </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Scaffolding through increasing difficulty </li></ul><ul><li>Stimulates curiosity and engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Advantages of GBL but accessible </li></ul>
  3. 3. The ARGOSI project <ul><li>ARG to support student induction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One-year JISC-funded project </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reusable model </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Software and framework </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Overarching narrative with sub-plot linked to learning outcomes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reusable graphical artefacts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Viola Quest </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Piloted Sept – Dec 2008 </li></ul></ul>
  4. 6. Getting the right mix for learning Completing Competition Storyline Puzzle-solving Community Creativity
  5. 7. Lessons learned <ul><li>Timing is important </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t expect autonomy for all </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many students need an external motivation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Difficult to make learning outcomes fun </li></ul><ul><li>Getting the challenges right is hard </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Easier is more accessible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students not keen to work offline </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Underestimated time taken to support </li></ul>
  6. 8. Questions for educational ARGs <ul><li>How do you provide motivation to play? </li></ul><ul><li>How to keep niche yet still be inclusive? </li></ul><ul><li>How can you make ARGs accessible? </li></ul><ul><li>ARGs support the autonomous learner </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Can they also be used to develop autonomy? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Can you build in reflection on learning? </li></ul>

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