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Using Web Games to Teach Information Literacy

Posted by sarahw9 on 17 September, 2008

Librarians at the University of Michigan have been experimenting with using a web-based game to teach information literacy.  The game takes place during the Black Death and the students played in small teams accross the ‘Duchy of Hidgeon’ where they look at contrasting information resources in Duchy libraries about plagues, to help their ruler develop a plan of action. 

I love the idea of using a game (informal, ‘fun’, solving problems), although however you do it you  won’t produce a game that appeals to everyone. 

Apart from the monetary awards given to winning teams (perhaps chocolate is better?!) this is an interesting idea to get accross the idea of when / how to use different types of information (from general to specific – encyclopedias to journal articles).  Quite alot of work is required to devise such a game of course. 

Shall we do one? and for our next project…..

One Response to “Using Web Games to Teach Information Literacy”

  1. gazjjohnson said

    Well as a 25 year gamer I’m all for this (indeed there’s even a google group dedicated to librarians as gamers). I always worry that these kind of edutainment games might be seen as basically a bit pants by the students we have. I mean, I loved learning to manage communities on the Acorn with Yellow River Kingdom (program 14), but I was in single figures now.

    On the other hand user generated games on sites like Kongregate are combining social networking and game development – quite often from single individuals. That said, who amongst us has the l33t 5k1llz to program a library computer game? I certainly don’t…

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