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2630Using Alternate Reality Games in education

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  • Joel
    Nov 2, 2009
      r.e. European Union funded education project



      ARGuing for Multilingual Motivation in Web 2.0  (ARGuing) is a
      European Union education project.


      The project has created the first use of an Alternate Reality Game for
      motivating secondary school students to learn languages. The project has
      also learnt how an ARG can be adapted to almost any area of education.


      The game that was created was called ' The Tower of Babel' and included
      a story designed to engage the target student group. The students had to
      save the planet by completing specific quests, collaboratively and
      internationally. The project has been a huge success with over 400
      teachers and students from 17 countries playing the game ' The Tower of
      Babel'. In the final pilot over 9,000 quests were answered and 800 files


      The project has created a number of resources that are available online,
      these include:

      1. A re-usable game platform (on a Moodle platform) that
      includes multiple languages http://ictthatworks.net:8080/moodle/
      <http://ictthatworks.net:8080/moodle/> - you can view inside the
      platform by sending an email to me. Please place in the subject
      line of the email – TofB platform
      2. A project website with additional information
      http://www.arg-education.eu <http://www.arg-education.eu/> . On the
      website are papers to download including:

      1. A methodology to make and use Alternate Reality Games in
      2. A set of case studies of other ARGs and serious games with
      empirical evidence of results
      3. A set of use case scenarios that show examples of how ARGs
      could be used for other subjects or cross-subjects
      4. An online teacher training course to enable educators to use
      the ARG the project produced
      5. Summaries of papers on the pedagogy, evaluation and the
      technology employed. (full papers are available in the conference
      proceedings of the 3rd European Conference on Games Based Learning
      > )


      The project team are also offering consultancy services to other
      educators interested in using ARGs in education.


      Please feel free to contact us with any questions.


      Prof. Thomas Connolly

      Coordinator ARGuing EU project

      University of The West of Scotland


      http://www.arg-education.eu/ <http://www.arg-education.eu/>

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