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Mar 4, 2014
I'm glad you think the article was useful to you. When most ARGs we see out there are created for marketing reasons, it's good to see more educators like you trying to tap into this innovative game genre to create learning experiences that are engaging and meaningful. First of all, I'd like to understand better what you mean by adding more structure to the game in order to meet learning objectives. But I can tell you a few things we learned with our experience: people are busy and if they think the game is irrelevant or doesn't hold them accountable, they will either not join or leave after a while. In order to try to go around this problem we introduced a point system and divided them in groups hoping other members of a team would hold the others accountable for helping complete the activities. Having an establihed "social network" where players can easily get in touch with one another and exchange information is crucial. Make every activity/puzzle relevant and *link* it to the next step in the game and the overarching storyline. Something we did NOT try (and we want to in the next game we develop) would be multiple-part puzzles that can be distributed over a certain period of time. We found out that if you sent a puzzle to be solved in itself (with no need to wait for other pieces to put it together during the course of, say, a week) players might quickly solve that puzzle and "disengage" as they wait for a new puzzle... Example, if you put out a video, make sure it has a clue to the next step or event in the story. Whenever possible, add a few live face-to-face events. We found that most people will participate more actively in F2F activites than Web-based ones when they have a chance to. Perhaps because they feel more accountable for participating. My colleagues (and others) my have more experiences to share with you here in the comments. There are so many things we learn every time we design/implement a game. I'm sure you will have a lot to share with us too. Please do let us know more about your ARG.
The potential for active engagement is inherent to ARGs and may help you deliver a truly effective and experiential learning activity. Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2010 at The Total Learner Experience
The potential for active engagement is inherent to ARGs and may help you deliver a truly effective and experiential learning activity. Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2010 at The Total Learner Experience