Information Literacy through Unique Education Gaming Application

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Presenter: Annie Downey, Kristin Boyett (University of North Texas Libraries)

Description: The University of North Texas Libraries is planning a unique, online educational game to develop information literacy among its students. This presentation will include information on the entire development process of this single player online role-playing game.

A brief introduction into the current state of gaming, including studies regarding gaming as an educational tool and the potential of gaming to teach information literacy will be presented. Educational gaming is a field that is growing quickly, and will potentially have tremendous impact on the future of how we teach and learn.

With our users becoming increasingly isolated in their search for information, choosing to work from their computer terminals rather than in the library face-to-face with information professionals, the need for accessible information literacy training grows everyday. This game will teach users those needed information skills. The learning outcomes of the game will be based on the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.

Practical aspects, such as in-house development versus outsourcing, team selection, technical considerations and story development will be addressed in detail. Financial aspects of the project, including a preliminary budget, a rough ROI and grant opportunities will also be covered. Finally, we will discuss the foreseeable obstacles to the success of this project, covering all above areas as well as other issues that could arise.

Intended Audiences:

  • Pretty much any librarian at:
  • Academic libraries
  • School libraries

About the Presenters

Annie Downey is Outreach and Reference Librarian at the University of North Texas in Denton. She is a zealot for quality information literacy instruction and sees gaming as a potentially invaluable tool for librarians to teach these important skills. Annie has written and presented on library instruction and assessment.

Kristin Boyett is the Project Coordinator for the Multimedia Development Lab at the University of North Texas in Denton. Her current passion is usability in all things and recognizes the need to not only "be where they are" but blend in once you get there.


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