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HK-50070-13

Pennsylvania State University, Main Campus (University Park, PA 16802-7000)
Christian Spielvogel (Project Director: 01/29/2013 to present)

Scaling Digital Gaming to Humanities Pedagogy and Praxis

Development of a platform that would allow educators across humanities disciplines to create web-based, multiplayer historical role-playing games. The platform would also include tools to facilitate peer review of game materials.

This project proposes five activities over the implementation grant period to simplify, scale and further legitimize the scholarly production and pedagogical application of games and simulations: 1) Development of nine new multiplayer simulations in the humanities. 2) Development of an authoring workflow that enables teacher/scholars with no programming background to develop and scaffold their own multiplayer simulations in five simple steps. 3) Incorporation of a digital peer review methodology and process to validate the quality of humanities games and simulations. 4) Refinement of a dual-sided interface that allows students to rotate between immersion as a character in a "role-play mode," and an out-of-character "reflection mode" to promote critical inquiry and self-reflection. 5) Development of community features to promote sharing of supplemental simulation content, exercises, and assessment.

Project fields:
Communications

Program:
Digital Humanities Implementation Grants

Division:
Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$299,221 (approved)
$299,221 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2013 – 8/31/2017