As a collective of educators, theater, writing, gaming, and technology experts, RealityNext is working to build a supplemental education program called The One World Initiative, where students become co-producers instead of the consumers of their educational content. Without any coding, we practice educational VR story-game making—a narrative combined with goals, rules and objectives of a game.
To begin leveraging educational opportunities across the Puget Sound region, we launched a series of mixed-media One World Initiative workshops with KeyTech Labs, CoMotion at the University of Washington, Motion Shadow, and Unexpected Productions.
We assessed modalities for each workshop segment based upon education pioneer Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences in his research at Harvard University. Gardner’s eight distinct modalities individually and concurrently support a student’s abilities to learn through a spectrum of styles to best meet that student’s potential. In 2016, Gardner suggested the creation of another intelligence, teaching-pedagogical, “which allows one to be able to teach successfully to other people.” This modality is especially relevant as an algorithm for the story-game education technologies as students become responsible for passing their stories and games to other participants.
We set these main points for qualitative testing:
- Can project-based experiences of virtual story-game making provide for full engagement of multiple intelligences and enhance team workflow management and creativity?
- Can project-based experiences of story-game making stimulate subject comprehension as well as critical thinking?
- Can students turn subjects into games and produce an interactive product that can be experienced by their friends and family as an audience?
- Would the activity be considered education or entertainment for the participant?
To learn more about our research and workshops, download our reports below or follow the links at the bottom of the page.
A special thank you to Warren Swiney, Tavis Hamilton, Alisa Belyakova, and Agnus Narkevicius for contributing their photographs and videos from the event, and to volunteers Dmitry and Nina Lyalin, Vlad Postel, and Amit Finegold.