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Wednesday, May 23 • 8:30am - 9:50am
Missions Possible! An Open-Platform Game App That You Design for Your Class

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The custom game app introduced in this poster session utilizes an open platform concept that allows instructors to write their own missions, attribute points, and create the code needed to complete every mission via an easy-to-use online game center. Students navigate the app’s tabs on their own phones or tablets to scroll through possible missions, enter codes, and view the leaderboard. I will showcase examples of missions I wrote and what students see while using the app. My specific reason for integrating the app in my course is to engage students with the target language and culture that I teach, German, outside of class time and voluntarily. A future purpose would be to have students use the app over two or four semesters of language instruction, generating a digital community of interested language learners. The mobile app can be adapted for use by faculty in other departments and derives from the original designer of the app, who uses it in his large computer science courses. The app takes the burden of code development off of instructors, who can instead focus on creating meaningful learning experiences that they tailor according to their own curriculum and learning goals.


Rob Ryder

Visiting Assistant Professor of Instruction, German, Northwestern University

Wednesday May 23, 2018 8:30am - 9:50am CDT
RB 254

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