Staying the course - A game to facilitate students' transitions to higher education

Claire Hamshire, Nicola Whitton, Peter Whitton

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The initial transition to higher education can be difficult for some students as they adapt to the institutional habitus (Thomas 2002) and for many students this can be one of the most significant and difficult learning transitions they will make (Yorke & Longden 2007). To help facilitate this complex transition the authors used the data from a regional student attrition study to inform the design of a board game and companion website. The purpose of the game was threefold: first, to set reasonable student expectations of institutional systems; second, to raise awareness of support services; and third to promote social integration. This paper outlines the literature that informed the game design and describes how the study data were incorporated into the design of the game board. The game was subsequently linked with discussion activities to prompt players to consider different perspectives and personal dilemmas as they played and this dual-media approach is discussed. The iterative process of how the game evolved during testing and initial evaluation is also described.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 6th European Conference on Games Based Learning ECGBL 2012
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event6th European Conference on Games Based Learning, ECGBL 2012 - Cork, Ireland
Duration: 4 Oct 20125 Oct 2012

Publication series

NameProceedings of the European Conference on Games-based Learning
ISSN (Print)2049-0992


Conference6th European Conference on Games Based Learning, ECGBL 2012

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