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Tuesday, July 7 • 10:00am - 10:20am
Promoting participatory design and nature conservation awareness across Europe through game based learning and intergenerational storytelling

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This talk aims to present a series of collaborative learning activities across different European countries, focusing in the development of mobile Location Based Games (LBGs) within the scope of the INVOLEN European Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP). A framework of classroom-based, location-based and web-based training activities will be presented, allowing programme participants to acquire ICT competencies and to introduce them to the basic concepts of intergenerational storytelling and collaborative LBG design. Parameters such as raising awareness for protected areas, volunteering for nature conservation and bridging the gap among mixed-age participants were some of the main attributes of the INVOLEN methodology which shaped a training course for youth and adults. The reference tools, methods and learning material used for co-designing the INVOLEN LBGs will be showcased along with the constraints and challenges that justified their role in the project. A brief overview of monitoring the learning outcomes from pilot stage to international competition stage, will be presented focusing on the LBG design methodology. The experience of the competition will be shared by one of the competing teams from Greece focusing on their game design approach and game development. The talk  will conclude with thoughts on innovative features that emerged during the project and will outline some preliminary ideas for future and ongoing projects.

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Eleni Kolovou

ICT Expert for INVOLEN LLP European Programme, PRISMA
Eleni has a background on architecture, parametric design and digital fabrication. She has expanded her scope in matters of game design and its association with the physical space. Her research focuses on location based mobile games, landmark setting and wayfinding on digital interfaces... Read More →
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Maria Saridaki

Postdoc Research Fellow, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Maria studies games and storytelling in their different applications within and beyond the digital world. She is a game studies researcher of the Laboratory of New Technologies at the University of Athens where she works on new, playful environments and studies the experience of users... Read More →

Tuesday July 7, 2015 10:00am - 10:20am
Main Lounge UW-Madison, 800 Langdon St, Madison, WI 53706

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