Exercise 1

For each of the situations below, answer the following questions:

A reminder: here are some game and simulation formats to consider. Feel free to combine them where appropriate.

Non-Computer

Computer-Based

Card Games

Arcade

Board Games

Adventure

Role Plays

Fantasy Role Plays

Play-by-Mail Games

Interactive Stories

In-box Simulations

Causal Simulations

 

Procedural Simulations

 

MUDs


Situation 1
You've tried everything (except games) and your sixth grade class just can't seem to get the hang of latitude and longitude. It's an inner city school and thanks to Compensatory Ed and Chapter 1 funding, you do have some extra money to spend on the problem. Half of your kids speak something other than English at home.

Appropriate?

Ideas?

 

 


Situation 2
You are the Sierra Leonean in charge of the cultural sensitivity training of a group of Peace Corps volunteers in West Africa. The training program is taking place at a secondary school in the provincial capital, and the eighty volunteers attend your class after doing their practice teaching all morning. Your job is to teach them the rituals, mores and customs of Sierra Leone so that they can live comfortably and without diplomatic incidents among your fellow citizens.

Appropriate?

Ideas?

 

 


Situation 3
It is 1960 and you are the priest at the Immaculate Conception church who is in charge of training the altar boys. The boys are in grades 3 and 4, and they have about 20 pages of Latin to memorize in order to be able to serve Mass. The class meets after school in a room adjacent to the altar.

Appropriate?

Ideas?

 


Situation 4
To the untrained eye, each blob on the sonar screen looks like every other blob. With practice, however, one learns that some blobs are submarines and others are schools of fish. You've just won the contract to design the training program to help Navy personnel distinguish fifty or so blob types.

Appropriate?

Ideas?

 

 

 


Situation 5
The administrators want to improve the quality of health care at the Hang-Luce HMO and so they've arranged for a retreat with resident MD's, interns, nurses and technicians all in attendance. The salary schedule at Hang-Luce is on the low end compared to similar institutions, and none of the employees graduated at the top of their class. There is a general sense of malaise and low self-esteem among them which has affected their job performance. Now that they're all here in the mountains, far from their phones and golf clubs and soap operas, you've got a shot at changing the way they do business.

Appropriate?

Ideas?

 

 


Situation 6
A good journalist can sniff out a story no matter how unresponsive the environment is, no matter how soon the deadline comes. Your journalism class has been quick to give up when roadblocks stand in their way and not nearly as proactive and aggressive at tracking down the facts as you would like.

Appropriate?

Ideas?