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Alternate Reality Game for Emergency Response Training: A Review of Research
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, , Purdue University, United States ; , JCM International Management Engineering Institute, China ; , Purdue University, United States

Journal of Interactive Learning Research Volume 27, Number 1, ISSN 1093-023X Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

Invited from E-Learn 2014. Disasters are immense and shocking events which, in their wake, require the collective efforts of an entire community to achieve a successful recovery. Engaging and educating a broader swath of a given community well in advance of a disaster contributes significantly to better sharing of resources and an overall efficient and effective emergency response. This research first examines traditional methods used in emergency response, as well as computer simulation-based emergency drills. It next reviews the use of gaming in emergency response training, from board games to computer games utilizing simulation technologies. It is found that alternate reality games, which are driven by transmedia storytelling and intensely devoted to establishing interactions across real and fictional worlds, suit the need of emergency response training best, yet is still lacking. Ultimately, this research posits suggestions for designing an ARG to train college students to respond to common emergency scenarios occurring on university campuses.

Citation

Zhou, Z., Chang, J.S.K., Pan, J. & Whittinghill, D. (2016). Alternate Reality Game for Emergency Response Training: A Review of Research. Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 27(1), 77-95. Waynesville, NC: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved May 20, 2019 from .