Elena Bertozzi, Professor & Director Game Design & Development, Quinnipiac University; Lynn Fiellin, Founding Director, play2PREVENT Lab, Yale Center for Health & Learning Games; Laura Skrip, Associate Professor, University of Liberia School of Public HealthHIGHER EDUCATION
"Experiential learning is a critically important part of game design and development curricula. Real-world game development and deployment of serious games can teach students how to behave on professional teams, manage complex projects, and meet deadlines. It also creates an opportunity for many lessons in diversity, equity, and inclusion. The speakers have successfully integrated students into collaborations on cross-cultural, cross-national and cross-disciplinary teams where students work on developing serious games in settings where these games can have measurable impact. This panel will discuss the process of teaching through the creation of a game to educate public health fieldworkers dealing with disease outbreaks in Sub-Saharan Africa (University of Liberia, Quinnipiac University, IDM) and a game to promote sexual health in minority populations in urban settings in the US (Yale University, Quinnipiac University).
We also leveraged the projects to develop student skills in research, data analysis, and usability. Accurately assessing the efficacy of games with a purpose requires students to learn how to design outcomes measures into the game itself, run focus groups, and analyze the data generated by these processes. Undergraduate students worked with graduate students, medical professionals, and fieldworkers and gained a range of professional skills in the process."
"Attendees will learn:
1. How developers' cultural assumptions are often incorrect especially when deploying of games in cultures different from their own
2. How to integrate members of the target audience on the design team from the beginning to ensure that the learning goals of the game will resonate with the players
3.How principles of diversity equity and inclusion can strengthen partnerships, improve the quality of the work produced, and lead to better efficacy
4. The importance of written agreements prior to beginning collaborations to outline: expected participation for all parties, range of outcomes sought by difference groups, appropriate documentation and crediting of all."