"Student under-preparedness for working in communities is a pressing issue," says
"On many campuses, students begin participating in community service and internships with little or no knowledge of the history, assets and challenges of the community. These students may carry presumptions that are destructive to the desired outcomes of working in the community," Nierenberg says.
Enter Civic Seed. The multi-player online video game includes multiple game levels that explore community collaboration, professional standards, sustainability, connecting academic interest to career aspirations, and leadership development.
Civic Seed incorporates a wide range of resources within the context of an online interactive game. These include video clips from community partners such as the Medford Family Network,
Nierenberg wrote the game's content, which included input from a committee of students, faculty members and community partners at
focused on the development and study of games, technology, and new media to enhance civic life, developed the game.
Civic Seed was originally imagined as an online learning tool. "When the EGL team proposed designing it as a video game, the
The team debated such things as appropriate dialogue for the game and ideal length for the embedded video interviews with community leaders, students and faculty members. That "creative tension" ultimately led to a better product, says Nierenberg. Following six months of promising Beta testing with
The idea is to get students to think through their own motivations for doing this work, understand how to effectively collaborate between campus and community, and make connections between service and root causes of societal challenges
Testing Game and Non-game Options
"We'll then test the game and non-game versions of Civic Seed," says Nierenberg. "
The researchers hypothesize that the video game will contribute to enhanced learning about civic engagement.
According to EGL Founder and Director
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