ARGOSI: Alternate Reality Games for Orientation, Socialisation and Induction

Jones, Rosie and Whitton, Nicola (2009). ARGOSI: Alternate Reality Games for Orientation, Socialisation and Induction. Learning and Teaching in Action, 18(1)

URL: http://www.celt.mmu.ac.uk/ltia/issue18/jones.php

Abstract

Running from September 2008 to March 2009, the JISC-funded ARGOSI project used an Alternate Reality Game (ARG) to support the student induction process, with a particular focus on library and information skills. An ARG is a form of blended games-based learning, which combines a series of challenges, an underlying narrative, and a collaborative community to deliver activities. This small-scale pilot was a collaboration between MMU and the University of Bolton and aimed to provide an engaging and purposeful alternative to traditional methods of introducing students to university life. This article documents the ARGOSI project and outcomes.

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