By Annie Downey and Kristin Boyett from the University of North Texas
At the beginning of a three-year, three-quarter of a million dollar project to build an RPG.
Incorporates 3 Educational Elements: Information Literacy, Online Education, Educational Gaming
Game requires full participation- experiential learning, inquiry-based learning
Game design concept:
Modules build on one another
Game can't be lame. They're sacrificing some learning to avert lameness.
Ability to save
Usability testing during development
Game designers on UNT faculty
Student evaluations (cross-compared with traditional LI)
Annie, Kristin, Programmer (hired at competitive salary), team of part-time/student programmers, faculty advisers
My summary: Grants are cool. This definitely gave us some things to think about when we work on the Next Big Thing. Again, it's also nice to see that gaming has room for everyone, from the huge money projects to our little game.