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Wed 20 May 2020
10:00 - 13:00


Provided by: Graduate School of Life Sciences


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The Engaged Researcher: Game Changers - Using Game Design to Promote Playful Engagement with Academic Research

Wed 20 May 2020


What might your research project look like if it were presented as a video game? What rules would structure a board game based on your work? What toys could you make to encourage people to play with your key concepts? This session introduces the basics of game design and models a method for identifying the rules and mechanics that structure playful experiences. Using a series of case studies, we will examine the intersection between academic research and game design, and discuss how playful thinking can facilitate innovation, experimentation, and sustained engagement.

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PG students, academic and professional staff


This is the first session of a two-part training. Participants of this training a strongly encouraged to also attend 'The Engaged Researcher: Playshop - Devising and Pitching Games Inspired by Academic Research' on the 22 May from 1 pm to 5 pm.


Number of sessions: 1

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Wed 20 May   10:00 - 13:00 10:00 - 13:00 17 Mill Lane, Seminar Room G map
- Think critically about the place of ‘play’ and games in our research practice. - Use the tools of game design to devise a set of carefully balanced ‘rules’ that express particular aspects of our research project. - Determine what kind of player experience we would like to elicit and then understand how to achieve this type of engagement through combining aesthetics and mechanics. - Generate ideas for interactive research outputs that go beyond traditional formats and platforms.

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