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…..