December 5, 2007

Looking for Partners for IMLS Grant for Information Literacy Game

Karen Markey is a fac­ulty mem­ber in the School of Infor­ma­tion at the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan. Ear­lier this year, she received a small grant from the Del­mas Foun­da­tion to build a pro­to­type online board game that teaches stu­dents information-literacy skills. Her game pro­to­type is now fully oper­a­tional and is being tested and eval­u­ated by a class of 75 under­grad­u­ates at the Uni­ver­sity of Michigan.

They’ve just fin­ished con­duct­ing inter­views with stu­dent game play­ers, but they haven’t had suf­fi­cient time to mull over inter­view data and ana­lyze game play logs. They already rec­og­nize that the incen­tive for play­ing the game is a crit­i­cal issue and future games must be inti­mately con­nected to a class assign­ment or project.

Because Karen wants to do some­thing that would scale beyond Michi­gan, she is look­ing for research part­ners at pub­lic or aca­d­e­mic libraries who are inter­ested in build­ing on her foun­da­tion, expand­ing what they have already done, and test­ing her approach with their library patrons. Her intent is to find libraries who want to col­lab­o­rate on an IMLS National Lead­er­ship grant to host a unique instance of the game that is cus­tomized to achiev­ing their infor­ma­tion lit­er­acy objectives.

The game is based on the “search strat­egy” model that Tom Kirk and his Earl­ham Col­lege col­leagues devised to teach under­grad­u­ates how to do library research. Karen chose the “Black Death” for the pro­to­type game’s topic, and they are learn­ing from their eval­u­a­tion other top­ics that college-age stu­dents prefer.

Here are some links to learn more about their approach:

  1. Infor­ma­tion on their Sto­rygame Project gen­er­ally: http://www.si.umich.edu/~ylime/storygame.html
  2. Playing-the-game video at YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u76tW-né-yY
  3. Man­ual for play­ing the game: http://ics.umflint.edu:3904/manual/manual.html

If you’re inter­ested in part­ner­ing with Karen, you can con­tact her at ylime [ at ] umich.edu. I can’t wait to hear more about this project and watch it develop.

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6:10 pm Comments (7)

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    Pingback by The Latest News in Gaming » Looking for Partners for IMLS Grant for Information Literacy Game — December 5, 2007 @ 7:22 pm

  2. This seems like a great idea to draw stu­dents into “instruc­tion” and hands on learn­ing. Is the game setup to use more than just Google? Does it encour­age the use of the OPAC or any data­bases or even the library’s web­site? Google is all well and good, but I think stu­dents need to real­ize that not every­thing they need is found through Google. Do the ques­tions become more dif­fi­cult as the game pro­gresses? Can it be mod­i­fied to an indi­vid­ual library? I would love more information!

    Comment by Michele James — December 7, 2007 @ 1:16 pm

  3. Look­ing at the man­ual to the game, it appears that library resources are intro­duced later on. How­ever, I ques­tion the wis­dom of begin­ning with web sites–particularly since the issue of the accu­racy of the infor­ma­tion con­tained in them is never raised.

    Comment by Ed Bailey — December 7, 2007 @ 2:04 pm

  4. So good to see more librar­i­ans are work­ing on this. In Delft, the Nether­lands we are begin­ning in jan­u­ary. An unique coöper­a­tion between DOK, the pub­lic library, and the Uni­ver­sity library. The hero in this game will be with no suprise a Shanachie.….….(www.shanachietour.com). Besides the devel­op­ment of the game, which will be done by stu­dents of dif­fer­ent lev­els of higher edu­ca­tion. There will be game nights and an inter­na­tional con­fer­ence in march.

    Comment by erik boekesteijn — December 8, 2007 @ 2:46 am

  5. Thanks for the com­ments, every­one. I haven’t had a chance to play the game yet, but if you have ques­tions, Karen is the one who can answer them. :)

    Comment by jenny — December 10, 2007 @ 6:50 am

  6. They already rec­og­nize that the incen­tive for play­ing the game is a crit­i­cal issue and future games must be inti­mately con­nected to a class assign­ment or project.”

    Are you say­ing that the only incen­tive to get them to play the game is by hold­ing a grade over their heads? Or is this a state­ment of aca­d­e­mic require­ment? I’m not sure I under­stand this …

    Comment by Nathan Lowell — December 11, 2007 @ 10:00 am

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