How to Increase Boys’ Engagement in Reading Mandatory Poems in the Gymnasium: Homer’s “The Odyssey” as Transmedia Storytelling with the Cyclopeia Narrative as a Computer Game

Ademir Pasalic, Nikolaj Hollænder Andersen, Christopher Schinkel Carlsen, Nils Emil Åberg Karlsson, Markus Berthold, Thomas Bjørner

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Abstract

This paper outlines how a computer game can be used within transmedia storytelling to engage boys in the Danish gymnasium to read the epic poem “The Odyssey” by Homer. The study is based on a formative evaluation with questionnaires, observations, data logging, and interviews. Interviews with classical civilization teachers were further conducted, both in the initial design stage and after participant tests. Through all stages of the transmedia storytelling, it was revealed that curiosity was the main reason behind the engagement. The aesthetics worked out well in the game, and the story was presented in a format that the boys could comprehend and had the potential to increase their engagement in reading the poem. Different elements were implemented in the program code to maintain match in game flow for the individual player. However, this study can also emphasize how well-designed game mechanics are of ultimate importance, as well as involving teachers throughout all stages in the iterative process, as they are key figures for real implementation and acceptance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSmart Objects and Technologies for Social Good : Third International Conference, GOODTECHS 2017, Pisa, Italy, November 29-30, 2017, Proceedings
EditorsCarlos Calafate, Johann Marquez-Barja, Barbara Guidi, Laura Ricci, Ombretta Gaggi
Number of pages10
Place of PublicationSpringer
PublisherSpringer
Publication date2018
Pages216-225
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-76110-7
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-76111-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event3rd EAI International Conference on Smart Objects and Technologies for Social Good - Pisa, Italy
Duration: 29 Nov 201730 Nov 2017
Conference number: 3
http://goodtechs.eu/2017/show/home

Conference

Conference3rd EAI International Conference on Smart Objects and Technologies for Social Good
Number3
CountryItaly
CityPisa
Period29/11/201730/11/2017
Internet address
SeriesLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering
Volume233
ISSN1867-8211

Keywords

  • Game-based learning
  • Serious games
  • Transmedia

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