Instructor Support in Collaborative Multiplayer Serious Games for Learning - Game Mastering in the Serious Game ’Woodment’

Viktor Wendel, Michael Gutjahr, Stefan Göbel, Ralf Steinmetz

Abstract

In collaborative digital learning scenarios with small groups (3-6 users), the role of the instructor is vital as he/she is responsible for preparation of the setting, observation, coaching, moderation and adaptation. Currently, in multiplayer Serious Games, the role of the instructor is only insufficiently considered. Only very few approaches for integrating or supporting instructors in collaborative multiplayer Serious Games exist today, to the best of our knowledge. In this paper, we propose a concept for integration and support of instructors in team-based collaborative 3D multiplayer Serious Games. Our approach is based on Game Mastering principles known from roleplay games. It combines those principles with concepts for collaborative learning scenarios. We applied our concept to the existing 3D multiplayer Serious Game Woodment and tested it in a vocational school with 26 players in four groups (age: m= 19.12; sd= 2.03). Results indicate that an instructor using our Game Master framework to moderate and adapt the game at runtime can have a positive effect on both the players’ learning success and perceived user experience. Moreover, a positive effect on players’ gaming behavior can be observed.

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Wendel V., Gutjahr M., Göbel S. and Steinmetz R. (2014). Instructor Support in Collaborative Multiplayer Serious Games for Learning - Game Mastering in the Serious Game ’Woodment’ . In Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 3: CSEDU, ISBN 978-989-758-022-2, pages 49-56. DOI: 10.5220/0004836900490056


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@conference{csedu14,
author={Viktor Wendel and Michael Gutjahr and Stefan Göbel and Ralf Steinmetz},
title={Instructor Support in Collaborative Multiplayer Serious Games for Learning - Game Mastering in the Serious Game ’Woodment’},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 3: CSEDU,},
year={2014},
pages={49-56},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0004836900490056},
isbn={978-989-758-022-2},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 3: CSEDU,
TI - Instructor Support in Collaborative Multiplayer Serious Games for Learning - Game Mastering in the Serious Game ’Woodment’
SN - 978-989-758-022-2
AU - Wendel V.
AU - Gutjahr M.
AU - Göbel S.
AU - Steinmetz R.
PY - 2014
SP - 49
EP - 56
DO - 10.5220/0004836900490056