Student-Built Online Game Accompanies Online Class

Angelique Louie | Via UC davis | July 31, 2018

Students from the UC Davis Game Development and Arts Club designed a computer game to support Professor Angelique Louie’s online class, “Introduction to Research.” Characters such as Rosalind Franklin and H.G. Wells guide students through weekly challenges to reinforce class topics.

When Professor Angelique Louie needed some help with her online course “Introduction to Research,” she enlisted a little help from experts such as science fiction author H.G. Wells, biochemist Rosalind Franklin and poet Alexander Pushkin.

Well, sort of. Wells, Franklin and Pushkin are among the “nonplayer characters” who inhabit an online game developed to accompany Louie’s course, developed by students from UC Davis’ Game Development and Arts Club.

“Introduction to Research,” BIM 088V, is an exclusively online class taught by Louie, professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at UC Davis, for the University of California’s Cross Campus Enrollment program. The class was first offered in spring quarter 2018 and enrolled about 125 students, one-fifth of them from outside UC Davis… Continue reading.