Two 72-hour txt sims are mini ARGs #altc2009 #falt09

Sarah Cornelius describes two 72-hour SMS simulations using edutxt (http://www.edutxt.co.uk). These are small alternative reality games (ARGs), or models of social action that run in real-time.

 Session is here: http://altc2009.alt.ac.uk/talks/show/6869
Slides: http://altc2009.alt.ac.uk/attachments/0000/4429/alt-c_2009_sim.pps

 – Flood Sim: Flood control. You are the local civil defence chief faced with a flood event based on Vaison la Romaine floods of [date]. This sim was run for 4th year undergraduates for whom the phone is an extension of themselves. Texting is the primary use.

 – Mentoring Sim: TQAL mentoring training. Simulation of mentoring relationships. Older cohort for whom the phone is a convenience not a relationship. Talking is primary use.

 Both groups liked the innovative aspect of using the phone for learning.

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