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Wednesday, May 23 • 8:30am - 9:50am
Escape Room Inspired Review Games for the University Classroom

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Since their debut in the U.S. in 2012, escape rooms have rapidly increased in popularity. These games challenge teams to work together, solving puzzles and using strategy to progress through a plotline and achieve a goal in a limited amount of time. The collaborative nature of these live-action puzzles requires each player to participate in the challenge and prompts even reserved individuals to engage. As a supplement to traditional final exam review strategies, I created an escape room inspired review game for Biology 393: Genetic Analysis that facilitated a fun, unique opportunity for students to apply concepts they learned in class to an abstract challenge. Through the course of the escape room challenge, students solved a sequential series of genetic puzzles, using material objects to represent intangible concepts, each solution unlocking clues to the next prompt. Ultimately, students were challenged to unlock the “Nobel Prize” before the time expired. This type of game proved to be an effective and fun review strategy and can be easily tailored to other subjects.

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Shannon Brady

Student, IBiS, Northwestern University
If you are interested in designing an escape-room inspired game for your course, please reach out to me and I can help you brainstorm ideas!

Wednesday May 23, 2018 8:30am - 9:50am CDT
Courtyard Corridor