Presentation Title

It Was Fun but...: Lessons Learned from Creating an Information Literacy Board Game

Location

Room 1005

Type of Presentation

Individual paper/presentation (20 minute presentation)

Target Audience

Higher Education

Abstract

Each year, librarians at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga revise the curriculum used in one-shot freshman English library instruction sessions. In the summer of 2013, librarians decided to shake up the way they taught students about the research process by developing an original information literacy board game. The product of these efforts, The Game of Research, is a 5 player board game complete with original game board, tokens, and money. Modeled after the Game of Life, the Game of Research simulates a student’s choices during the college-level research process. The goal of The Game of Research is to move beyond the “point and click”, mechanical instruction model in favor of creating a reflective, active learning activity that develops information literacy skills in a new and interesting way. Over the course of the year, the game underwent testing, refinement, and one major overhaul in order to better address learning objectives and diverse learning styles. This presentation will discuss the challenges and opportunities discovered through creating this unique active learning game including assessment, design, and developing faculty buy-in.

Presentation Description

In the summer of 2013, librarians at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga decided to shake up the way they taught freshman English students about the research process by developing an original information literacy board game. The product of these efforts, The Game of Research, is a 5 player board game complete with original game board, tokens, and money. Modeled after the Game of Life, the Game of Research simulates a student’s choices during the college-level research process. This presentation will discuss the challenges and opportunities discovered through creating this unique active learning game including assessment, design, and developing faculty buy-in.

Keywords

gamification, active learning, curriculum, information literacy, project management, higher education, one-shot, library instruction

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

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Oct 11th, 9:45 AM Oct 11th, 11:00 AM

It Was Fun but...: Lessons Learned from Creating an Information Literacy Board Game

Room 1005

Each year, librarians at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga revise the curriculum used in one-shot freshman English library instruction sessions. In the summer of 2013, librarians decided to shake up the way they taught students about the research process by developing an original information literacy board game. The product of these efforts, The Game of Research, is a 5 player board game complete with original game board, tokens, and money. Modeled after the Game of Life, the Game of Research simulates a student’s choices during the college-level research process. The goal of The Game of Research is to move beyond the “point and click”, mechanical instruction model in favor of creating a reflective, active learning activity that develops information literacy skills in a new and interesting way. Over the course of the year, the game underwent testing, refinement, and one major overhaul in order to better address learning objectives and diverse learning styles. This presentation will discuss the challenges and opportunities discovered through creating this unique active learning game including assessment, design, and developing faculty buy-in.