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LEVEL 2 Design Mapping & Branching Scenarios

Prototype URL:

The branching map looks like this:


Learning objectives:

Math common core standards address the game’s learning topics from Grade 6 and beyond. Grade 8 students would benefit the most from this game as it will ask them to connect proportional relationships with algebraic expressions and linear functions, which are three big ideas examined in the mathematics common core standards but not always connected among each other:

Specifically, the main learning objective for the algebra path is::

“Represent proportional relationships by equations” CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.7.RP.A.2.C

Progress Status:

I completed a first version of the rising action of the algebra path as a branching scenario. The wording is still a work in progress… I hope it can be understandable at this stage.

LEVEL 2 | Blog — Reflect on Narrative Design Process

Process for gamestorming and designing a story for learning

What worked best; what didn’t?

  • I kept the Freytag pyramid in mind to have a clear progression toward a climax, and then some falling actions as the play progressed to the “denouement.”
  • When I started, I envisioned an entire game, but it was too much to handle, and I narrowed my design to just one part focusing on only one problem to solve. I could not use Math prerequisites and had to develop the entire reasoning, but I think that is an excellent benefit for the player and makes this part autonomous.

If you had to do this process over again, what would you change? If nothing, why not?

  • I liked that we were encouraged to see this design as an iterative process, so I started to feel confident that whatever departure point I could use, I would end up featuring everything I’d like to see in my game. Also, I have reworked this game three times and can see it maturing and getting better. Even though I felt at the beginning that redoing was not the best use of my creativity and time, I realized I was getting more creative and had a better sense of what was required to complete this story. It is much more work than I had anticipated.

Describe your short story narrative game idea (you can copy this from what you included in the Discussion Board or change it up):

building learning story 1

building learning story 1

building learning story 2

building learning story 2

What feedback did you receive from your peers? (summarize main points from the Discussion Board)

From James:

I tried to introduce the problem with a narrative that is as realistic as possible, although simplified, as suggested in our readings. I introduced one branching where the player can earn more points as they read the contractor’s mind. See below:



From Danielle:

I reworked my exposition (beginning), adding more complexity:

Time-sensitive action integrated with the story: construction must start the same day due to the risk of a late work penalty. All blocks must be ordered before 10:00 am.
This will add realistic project management issues in a construction setting where strict deadlines and team interdependencies can impact your work day unexpectedly. Then, the player only has 20 minutes to prepare to develop a math model and is ready to react quickly to the final data coming with the expected phone call. During the middle part of the story, there will be an option to buy more time or get time suspended. It will give more tile for learners to study toward the learning objectives.

Link to the improved redesigned exposition flow:

Reflect on what you have been working on in this level as you work towards wrapping it up to submit:

I realized I had not completed an abstract Math narrative yet from beginning to the end as I was too busy branching and creating alternative paths. I designed the story and I took 8 crowded screens, I reworked it a few times already to lighten screens and create some choices and it is approaching the limit of 20 screens already.

Algebra solving flow:

XD design prototype for algebra

XD design prototype for algebra

Screenshot of my current XD design. It is getting there!! It gives me a sense of how large my project is already. But it can not be smaller if I want to make it work.

entire XD design as of now

entire XD design as of now



Connecting Readings with game

Provide your own example that distinguishes between novices and experts in a field.

Experts have an intuitive understanding compared to novices who follow step-by-step procedures. For example, expert golfers can sense when a putt they just hit will get into the hole where novices have to wait to see the result. Experts know that when they fail to assemble all that is required to excel in this shot, they can shortcut to the flawed pieces. In contrast, novices are frustrated and have limited insight into their mistakes as they can not hold all components of a great putt into memory.

In your mentor game, compare how failure is used to motivate players to keep playing compared to the Mario example given in the Mario Effect video.

In my mentor game (Ludwig), failure is not managed positively to motivate and guide players to learn from their mistakes. When you fail, you are stuck. I did not see any scaffolding allowing the player that failed steps could learn something and redo it. It is a design mistake when we know that many physicists have made discoveries while researching in a trial and error mode. Mario allows for this: you may fall into a pit, but you can try again, having learned something.

Analyzing An Award Winning Serious Game

I selected Ludwig game because I’d like to see how they solved the difficult equation:

learning objectives = gaming objectives

( This equation was presented as part of this Ted Talk about Ludwig: TedxVienna – Joerg Hofstaetter – Video Games A Powerful Learning Tool)

Since I decided to shift my instructional material’s design and development to serious games, this is a design aspect that has puzzled me. It seems like compelling stories and graphics do not guarantee for an effective learning experience. Most education games struggle to capture a large audience (I am talking about millions of users) and I am all ears and eyes opened to see what others have done to reach new levels of interest.

Ludwig is a game that has received the prestigious Future Zone serious game Award and was designed with physics instructors, tested in classroom, and aligned with the physics curriculum, I can’t wait to see how they creates rules of play and other game elements.

ted talk presentaiton about Ludwig

Presented at Ted Talk Vienna (2011) by Joerg Hofstaetter. Reproduced under education fair use

Also, The game Ludwig was designed and made in Europe and I am interested to see how it differs from US-designed games.

Analysis Paper Excerpt:

My Analysis Paper can be downloaded as a PDF file below: