"How to Fail Your Research Degree" game by Daisy Abbott

"How to Fail Your Research Degree"

Serious Games for Education >

Alongside our master’s programme in Serious Games and Virtual Reality, SimVis has an active research strand in games-based learning (GBL), serious games, and games for education. We are actively seeking collaborators on this research – if you are interested, please get in touch with Daisy Abbott: D.Abbott@gsa.ac.uk

"How to Fail Your Research Degree"

“How to Fail Your Research Degree” encourages a light-hearted engagement with the various academic skills and activities necessary to undertake post-graduate research – and the risks and pitfalls that can affect a research degree. This game was created to deliver knowledge and understanding of research processes and techniques, within the context of a postgraduate training programme at Glasgow School of Art. Game characteristics and intended learning outcomes were defined, leading to game mechanics and text that emphasise player agency, working within a time limit, and humour. Evaluation shows that the game is highly successful at delivering the intended learning outcomes and is a memorable and enjoyable complement to the existing course curriculum.

The game has been published, presented at a number of teaching and learning conferences, a won an award for Best Serious Game at the 2015 Joint Conference on Serious Games. A full-length publication is forthcoming. For more research on this game, visit our RADAR research repository. 

"How to Fail Your Research Degree" and its associated documentation is freely available on request or can be printed on-demand. Lots more information including an introductory video and how to get the game is at howtofailyourresearchdegree.com

Modding games

Modding tabletop and digital games is another research strand currently in development. We are investigating the link between game mechanics and learning mechanics and improving the design of serious games through improved knowledge of how to mod existing games. If you would like to hear more about this or collaborate with us, please contact Daisy Abbott: D.Abbott@gsa.ac.uk