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Session Name This is Not an Orientation: Gameful Layers for the Freshman Experience
Speaker(s) Donald Brinkman, Elizabeth Lawley, Ryan Martinez, Benjamin Stokes, Jeff Watson
Company Name(s) Microsoft Research Connections, RIT School of Interactive Games & Media, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USC Annenberg, USC iMAP program
Track / Format GDC Education Summit

A comparison of two experimental games that each attempt to scaffold the first year university experience. "Just Press Play," from RIT, an achievement-based system that encourages students to think of the obstacles in their path as part of a narrative of their educational development. "Reality Ends Here," from USC, is a DIY media-making ARG that introduces students to the culture and history of the cinema school, challenging them to become part of the school's storied tradition. Designers and evaluators from each team discuss learning goals, design strategies, assessment approaches, preliminary outcomes and next steps for these innovative digital learning environments.

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Donald Brinkman

Microsoft Research Connections

Elizabeth Lawley

RIT School of Interactive Games & Media

Ryan Martinez

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Benjamin Stokes

USC Annenberg

Jeff Watson

USC iMAP program

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