The Tower of Babel
Written by Professor Thomas M Connolly   

 

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The Tower of Babel game was specifically designed and constructed for the ARGuing project. It had sections that were accessible according to the role of the user within the game:

  • Puppetmaster – the game managers
  • Participating teachers – access to teacher guide section, teacher and student forums, the game story and quests, profiles, questionnaires, communications, Glossary
  • Observing teachers - access to teacher guide section, teacher and student forums, the game story and quests, profiles, questionnaires, communications, Glossary (please edit this)
  • Students - access to student forums, the game story and quests, profiles, questionnaires, student communications

The Tower of Babel game consisted of:
  • A developing and dynamic storyline
  • Collaborative 'Guilds'
  • Quests that students had to complete to 'Win'
  • Participant profiles
  • Forums - within the quests
  • Interactivity

Game Site: http://ictthatworks.net:8080/moodle/

Entering the game
Before the game commenced teachers were registered on to the game platform and sent a initial guide (technical and methodological). They were introduced to the teacher guide section and asked to create a profile. They undertook training through the platform with the online support of the project team.

Students were then registered and asked to complete profiles and join Guilds (collaborative groups if students across all the participating schools).

Students and teachers were asked to complete pre-game questionnaires.

Game play
Each day of the game the students were delivered blog posts of the storyline of the game and asked to complete Quests. There were a total of 15 quests, most of which were multi-part. These required students to search the Internet for information, view videos, create their own content, add posts in forums. Most of the quests were designed for collaboration.

Responses to the quests resulted in:

  • Uploaded - 862 files (Audio, video, word, presentations, images)
  • Submitted - 9,135 answers across all the quests
  • Posted – hundreds of messages to the forums and participants guilds
 
At the end of the game students and teachers were asked to complete a Post-game questionnaire. Further results and analysis can be found on the download page .