Leadership VR Game Wins Silver Medal in International Contest
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Customers include organisations in the UK, USA and India. The game is designed for two-players connected wirelessly. One player experiences the Mars basecamp in virtual reality, the other runs Earth's Mission Control using an interactive tablet. Gameplay is estimated to take 30-45 minutes.
"Together, players navigate a number of incidents requiring them to lead, collaborate and negotiate. As with life, things are not always straightforward;
Headspring's Learning Architect, Ian Shakeshaft says, "Serious games take on different meanings when used across different groups. That's why Earth-to-Mars is designed to be flexible. Learning doesn't depend on 'winning' the game, rather in how the players deal with challenges. We don't learn from experiences per-se, but from reflecting on those experiences."
He says, "Depending on how the facilitator wants to use it, the game's learning outcomes include perseverance, keeping focused under pressure, evidence-based decision-making, negotiating in the moment, and dealing with the unknown."
To validate his point about flexible design, one customer has already adapted it. Gertrude Mandeville, CEO of TCP Learning from Rhode Island, USA uses Earth-to-Mars (https://www.youtube.com/
Mandeville is referring to the support materials developed by Claire Masson, Headspring's expert for measuring learning impact, and Ian Shakeshaft. Masson says, "We have so many instructor aides that Ian and I had to create a visual guide on how and when to use these tools. The instructor is the lynch-pin in the successful deployment of any serious game. They have to take on different roles before, during and after gameplay. We created a teacher's manual, debriefing presentation questions, tech support quick start guides, and so on."
She says, "When we were storyboarding the game with eLearning Studios, the role of the instructor was an intricate part of every discussion. Game design decisions were informed by both educational research and work-based research. For us, it would only be considered successful if the game had a positive impact on people's workday lives."
About eLearning Studios
eLearning Studios (ELS) offers a portfolio of learning technology design and development services including Virtual Reality (VR) Training, eLearning, Mobile Learning, Gameful eLearning Design, Apps, Augmented Reality (AR), Serious Games and blended solutions.
Headspring Executive Development was originally formed in 2015 by the Financial Times and IE Business School as the Corporate Learning Alliance.
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