BCCE06 Bradley on EduFrag Project

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A presentation on the EduFrag Project using Unreal Tournament to teach organic chemistry at the Biennial Conferences on Chemical Education in August 2006 by Jean-Claude Bradley of Drexel University.

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BCCE06 Bradley on EduFrag Project

  1. 1. Games in Organic Chemistry: Edufrag and Wheel of Orgo Jean-Claude Bradley E-Learning Coordinator College of Arts and Sciences Drexel University August 2, 2006 Biennial Conferences on Chemical Education
  2. 2. Content Assessment Interaction Blogs CMS Games E-Learning is multi-dimensional
  3. 3. The Game Platform: The EduFrag Project Assessment Content Interaction Quizzes in a 3-D world The Study Room Student-Student Collaboration or Competition Instructor Guided Tours First Person Shooter Modding (Unreal Tournament)
  4. 4. EduFrag Design <ul><li>Modularity </li></ul><ul><li>Simplicity </li></ul><ul><li>Quiz-Based – Not Simulation </li></ul><ul><li>Portability of textures </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible gameplay modes: non-competitive maze, race, deathmatch, capture the flag, king of the hill, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Even in competitive play gore level can be adjusted for each player </li></ul>
  5. 5. Platform : game (Unreal Tournament) One map – walking through walls First implementation Copy WebCT quizzes
  6. 6. One map problem: lighting and peeking
  7. 7. Some initial student feedback edufrag.blogspot.com (Avik)
  8. 8. The teleporter solution: one room template (Mike Aquino)
  9. 9. 3D editor view of one room template
  10. 10. MakeGames: The Class that Didn’t Run
  11. 11. Don’t Underestimate the Impact of Open Courseware and RSS
  12. 12. The Free Educational Version of Unreal Tournament
  13. 13. EduFrag without weapons: a maze that can be used as in a virtual race study room testing rooms final room true true false false
  14. 14. The Study Room
  15. 15. A Quiz Room
  16. 16. The last room of the maze
  17. 17. Prizes not points for winner One chance in 4 for winning: <ul><li>Video ipod </li></ul><ul><li>Chemistry book </li></ul><ul><li>Molecular model set </li></ul><ul><li>Consolation prize </li></ul>
  18. 18. The new 20 room weapons map of EduFrag
  19. 19. The EduFrag Wiki and Blog: Open Source Collaboration
  20. 20. EduFrag Flickr group: tag true or false
  21. 21. EduFrag door requirements: <ul><li>256 x 256 pixel 256 color bitmaps (easy with Paint) </li></ul><ul><li>Must be named in the format true001.bmp and false001.bmp </li></ul><ul><li>Must be true or false in any context </li></ul><ul><li>Minimize text - Simple Graphics best </li></ul>
  22. 22. Overwrite folders to change mazes
  23. 23. EduFrag for learning grammar ( Beth Ritter-Guth)
  24. 24. EduFrag for learning chem info retrieval ( Tim Siftar/Jay Bhatt)
  25. 25. EduFrag for learning the class FAQ
  26. 26. EduFrag for learning the physics and math (Quinn Thomas)
  27. 27. EduFrag as poster session (Allison Lucci)
  28. 28. EduFrag as a recruitment tool
  29. 29. Wheel of Orgo <ul><li>Rules: </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher draws starting material and final product at opposite ends of a page </li></ul><ul><li>Students take turns drawing any reaction from starting material (or branch) OR to final product (or branch) </li></ul><ul><li>1 point for correct reaction </li></ul><ul><li>3 points for completing synthesis </li></ul><ul><li>Students may pass their turn </li></ul><ul><li>Generally use a time limit (45 minutes) </li></ul>Can be played on chalkboard, Smartboard or TabletPC
  30. 30. Modifications <ul><li>Open book/web or closed book/web </li></ul><ul><li>Give a point for correcting another student’s error </li></ul><ul><li>Allow more than one step </li></ul><ul><li>Give prize </li></ul><ul><li>Give a point just for an attempt even if incorrect </li></ul><ul><li>If too many students passing their turn do a simpler synthesis </li></ul>
  31. 31. Example Chem243.blogspot.com Lecture 015: Wheel of orgo 1
  32. 32. First Play
  33. 33. Mid Play
  34. 34. Completion
  35. 35. Cat Synthesis Problem Chem243.blogspot.com Lecture 028: Wheel of orgo 5
  36. 36. Opportunity to Contextualize Organic Chem243.blogspot.com Lecture 028: Wheel of orgo 5
  37. 37. THERE ARE SIMPLE WAYS TO HAVE FUN WITH CHEMISTRY! Take Home Message Edufrag.wikispaces.com Edufrag.blogspot.com Chem243.blogspot.com (Wheel of Orgo) Drexel-coas-elearning.blogspot.com

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