We have been designing a number of interventions to support the implementation of online submission and marking. We work at Faculty and School level to support and train academic staff who set up dropboxes and manage processes, as well as training academic staff in the procedures of marking. Understanding and choosing which method to use can be complex, and requires flexibility, understanding and problem-solving skills.
Andrew Walsh has experimented with playful library inductions (Walsh, 2015) including escape games while Bassford et al. (Bassford et al., 2016) used an escape game as an interactive crime scene. Loughborough College devised the Enigma Escape Game as professional training for staff covering 100 identified embedded skills.
In this session we will discuss the process by which we created an Escape Game to train staff in issues relating to online marking, report on its initial implementation, and offer a portion of the game for delegates to play. We will draw on a couple of frameworks that have been developed for designing them, such as Clarke et al. at the Coventry DMLL (Clarke et al., 2016) as well as discussing building a puzzle taxonomy to support continuous iteration of games.
Bassford, M., O’Sullivan, A., Crisp, A., Bacon, J. & Fowler, M. 2016 ‘CrashEd–A Live Immersive, Learning Experience Embedding STEM Subjects in a Realistic, Interactive Crime Scene’, Research in Learning Technology, vol. 24, no. 1, pp 30089, viewed 25 March 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/rlt.v24.300>
Clarke, S., Arnab, S., Morini, L., Wood, O., Green, K., Masters, A., Bourazeri, A. 2016, ‘EscapED: A framework for creating live-action, interactive games for higher/further education learning and soft skills development’ In Proceedings of the European Conference on Games-based Learning, 2016, pp. 968-972
Loughborough College (2015), Enigma. Available at http://www.loucoll.ac.uk/enigma/ [Accessed 25 Mach 2017]
Walsh, A. 2015, ‘Playful Information Literacy: Play and information Literacy in Higher Education’, Nordic Journal of Information Literacy in Higher Education, vol. 7, no. 1, pp 80-94, viewed 25 March 2017 <http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/26752/>