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Wednesday, March 30 • 11:00am - 11:30am
e-Poster Exhibition: 480 Collin's World: Applying Digital Game Design Principles to Build Empathy and Peer Support Skills

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There is a growing interest in using digital game-based approach beyond academic subjects to teach character and social skills. In particular, role-playing games provide a simulated environment for players to experience realistic social situations and to solve complex problems. The design principles in role-playing games that can support learning of social skills are as follows: 1) engage the students with narrative, 2) use information to solve complex problems, 3) provide consequences and choices, and 4) provide feedback on their actions in a simulated world (Squire, Jenkins, Holland, Miller, O'Driscoll, Tan, & Todd, 2003). 

This presentation introduces Collin’s World, a new digital game designed to build empathy and peer support skills in students to manage the issues they face online. The main character, Collin is a friendly and helpful student in a Singapore school. His classmates feel comfortable talking to him when they run into difficulties online, e.g., excessive gaming, buying things online safely, cyber bullying and caring for their friends’ online safety. In this game, students will take on Collin’s identity and go through scenarios where they can decide whether or not to help their friends. The game will unfold base on the decisions they make. Sometimes, they can enter Brain World to complete mini-quests. These quests help them to gain tools and knowledge to manage these online challenges. The presentation will include the key features of the game, focusing on how they are based on game design principles and how schools are using the game to build empathy and peer support skills. In addition, the team will share the project evaluation and some preliminary findings.

Presenters
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DALTON NG

Ministry of Education
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LIEW PEI CHIN

Ministry of Education
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NEDUMARAN PRABAVATHY

Ministry of Education, Singapore
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TAN LILY

EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY DIVISION, MOE HQ



Wednesday March 30, 2016 11:00am - 11:30am GMT+08
FutureSpace Suntec City Convention Hall