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Econ 201 – An Online Game for College Credit October 20, 2006

Posted by Unreasonable in Computer Matters, Matters Educational.

The University of North Carolina Greensboro is offering an on-line game for credit. There is no class to attend. The student/player takes the role of an alien whose ship crashes on a post-apocalyptic Earth. The game has 8 levels with 3 quests per level. To advance to the next level, the player must make rational economic decisions and pass a skills assessment.

UNCG Econ 201 The idea for the game came from Dr. Jeff Sarbaum when he watched his 8 year old son refuse to do math problems using a pencil and paper, but solve the same problems in an educational video game.

When asked if Econ 201 has the same content as their traditional economics course, Dr. Sarbaum said it actually has more. “For example, students must make ethical decisions as they play the game. In one scenario, they face a disease outbreak and must decide who to save. As part of the game play, they are introduced to historical examples of how the earth faced similar problems in the past.”

What a great idea. I hope this catches on. Anyone can enroll as a visiting student to play the game. I’d like to play, but I don’t want to pay tuition to do it. I’d like to see a no-credit version offered for the price of a similar non-educational game for those of us who just want to learn.

View a trailer and get more information at: UNCG Econ 201

::NPR – All Things Considered

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