Wednesday, 17 October 2007

NUS Blog

Just tracked down this blog from the National University of Singapore. The source is "Narrative and Play In Interactive Media (UAR 2205)" - here is a description of their unit:

This module will look at interactive media from the perspective of narrative and play. Through hands-on experience playing, critiquing, and designing interactive systems, this module will explore how these two potentially contradictory concepts can be employed within interactive media to create meaningful and engaging experiences. Issues addressed will include: traditional and contemporary theories of narrative and storytelling; hypertext, intertextuality and non-linear narrative; interactivity and play; and recent theoretical developments in the area of game studies. Note that no experience with computer programming is required for this module.

I can imagine a collective "fit?" being sighed at that. But they are blogging! Here's Pooi Yean Lee's blog entry for September 10th. The reason I was looking was because this week's exercise is in collaborative writing, which aims to use potentially contradictory concepts (i.e. drawing names from a hat) within interactive media (i.e. blogs) to create meaningful and engaging experiences (i.e. ah - now this is where the laziness of some students will be met by the headlong rush of ILP7 reality).

Here is the start of a story from Nelson's class. Read his post, and then click next to move to the next part of the story. See how far the class got. See students blog. Blog, students, blog.

Hey, Chief, any chance of cross-assessing with Singapore?? :)

As a university, they have more blogs here, which look like they are all hosted on their own server. On the UAR 2205 module, there are more blogs listed on the right-hand-side under "news" (link).

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