Daisy Abbott won a Best Serious Game award at the Joint Conference on Serious Games 2015 which took place at the University of Huddersfield last week. Her game, “How to Fail Your Research Degree” encourages a light-hearted engagement with the various academic skills and activities necessary to undertake post-graduate research – and the risks and pitfalls that can affect a research degree. “How to Fail Your Research Degree”, a multi-player card game, was developed by Daisy as part of her teaching on the Academic Skills for Masters Research module of the Core Research Skills programme at Glasgow School of Art and has the intention of reinforcing the knowledge learned on the course in a memorable and enjoyable way, so that students can embed these research skills into their practice.
The game is a work in progress and further evaluation is planned over the summer. If you are interested in playing the game (as a student or tutor) please get in touch with Daisy by emailing D.Abbott@gsa.ac.uk
For more information about this game, Daisy’s short paper is available in the conference proceedings:
Abbott, D. (2015) “ ’How to Fail Your Research Degree’: A serious game for research students in Higher Education”. In Göbel, S., Ma, M., Baalsrud Hauge, J., Oliveira, M.F., Wiemeyer, J., Wendel, V. (Eds.) (2015) Serious Games: Proceedings of the Joint International Conference on Serious Games (JCSG 2015), Lecture Notes in Computer Science series, LNCS 9090, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, Germany. ISBN 978-3-319-19125-6, pp.179-185, http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783319191256
Further information about the conference is available at http://seriousgames.wix.com/2015