Build your own games or leave the game building up to the learners. Here you will find tools to build games with best practices, as well as already successful games that can be adapted for your library. At the very least, the examples here are time well spent. There are also resources on gamification, the subject of my latest sabbatic leave.
Apart from your everyday website and video production tools, there are these game builders available that are a lot of fun to explore:
Also, visit Includification, AbleGamers Foundation’s Game Accessibility Guidelines, written by developers, and gamers with disabilities.
As explained by Snyder Broussard, there are elaborate role playing games (RPG) sending players out on quests, alternate reality games that are affected by player actions in real time, casual and easy to learn games, trivia games, games with a social element and also those that mix the physical world with a virtual component (2012).
Different games are listed here alphabetically by library. They are open for play, unless otherwise indicated.
If you can't make a game, gamify? Gamification, as defined by Deterding et al., is the use of game design elements in non-game contexts (2011).
You can make use of game mechanics to make your learning objects more interactive and improve engagement. A simplified example is the assignment of points to tasks that lead to achievements, awards (who would say no to a trophy?), badges and leaderboards. Visit the strategies section for more info on gamification.
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You can always decide to use avatars to act as guides in your learning objects. Video and presentation tools have plenty of options. You can also encourage students to create their own avatars. Here are just a few resources but more avatar creation tools can be found from this web tools for teachers list.
As the name implies, students use web resources to solve problems.
If you love choose your own adventure books where your choices decide the outcome, why not design an action maze to promote critical thinking in your students? Action mazes can also be created by students to challenge their peers.
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See the full bibliography for works consulted.
Armstrong, A., & Georgas, H. (2006). Using interactive technology to teach information literacy concepts to undergraduate students. Reference Services Review, 34(4), 491-497.
Deterding, S., Dixon, D., Khaled, R., & Nacke, L. (2011). From game design elements to gamefulness: Defining gamification. Proceedings of the 15th international academic MindTrek conference: Envisioning future media environments, ACM, 9-15.
Snyder Broussard, M. J. (2012). Digital games in academic libraries: A review of games and suggested best practices. Reference Services Review, 40(1), 75-89.