The Game Description

“Tourney” is a digital learning game that is currently being developed with an interdisciplinary approach, critically focused on creating a content-independent game framework for a versatile application in the learning environment. This learning platform offers a flexible and multifaceted tool-kit of exemplary self-learning sequences that the lecturers (experts) can enrich with their own structured content in order to create learning paths by choosing modular elements. As soon as the level creation process is completed, the game becomes available for the participants to explore and fulfill the requirements of the learning process, such as watching course material, answering questions, uploading texts / photos / videos, and so forth. Furthermore, from the gamified system perspective, the participants gain points and items (feedback to learning quantity and quality), keep their character’s health level at optimum (learning efficiency), as well as monitor their own learning progress. They are able to compare themselves with their fellow players on the game-board (comparison to state of the class) and in the leaderboards (comparison to learning goals).

Various game mechanics have been systematically analyzed and only a limited selection of these elements have been customized and implemented into “Tourney”. Quantifiable assets of progress visualization (experience points, health points, diamonds as in-game currency) have been carefully crafted and custom algorithms have been implemented. Conceptually, this learning game is hosting a secure and safe environment for participants to test their skills. Therefore, the game is developed with the didactic approach of not having any direct negative consequences in the real-life, during the studies of the participants – but supporting the learning in a positive way.

From the technological perspective, the project team has designed and programmed “Tourney” as an HTML5/Javascript web-application that can be played cross-platform in any web browser without an additional software installation. The sophisticated and responsive interface design enables the users to experience the same visual quality in various game situations. Moreover, the digital platform enables to gather behavioral data on the participants progress and visualize the performance of participants, groups, or the experts.

Tourney – Gameplay

The Project Description

“Tourney” is the title of the digital learning game platform that is currently being developed within an internal research project at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) in order to increase the learning outcome on various levels of the diverse studying programs. The project started in March 2013 and will be finalized in August 2014. The interdisciplinary developer’s team consists of experts and researchers from the FHNW Schools of Business, Engineering, Academy of Art and Design, Applied Psychology, and Education. Tourney is being developed with an agile project management and programming approach, critically focused on creating a content-independent game framework for a versatile application in the learning environment. It enables both, individual learning and collaboration with other learners.

Ways of participation

In case you are interested in Tourney and want to participate in the further development of it, there are several possibilities:

– Participating in the technological development
– Funding
– Cooperation
– Testing

Please reach out Tourney contact person!