Preparing students for university using gamification
Games & gamification
The University of Greenwich in London is one of the UK’s leading innovators in supporting young people from all backgrounds to make a successful transition from school into higher education.
It’s not always an easy path, as students adjust to university life. Without good preparation, some individuals may drop out.
Greenwich wanted to provide young people with high quality digital resources to help them navigate their way to university. A key area of focus was developing independent learning skills and tackling the myths about studying at university.
- Appeal to young people from diverse backgrounds and experiences
- Challenge assumptions and perceptions about university study
- Inspire hard to reach young people about higher education
The Sponge solution
Our expert learning designers identified that gamification could invigorate the subject matter, hit the right note with the audience and enable them to engage with the topic at their own pace.
We designed and developed an illustrated virtual tour of five key areas of the university campus called the Independent Learners’ Toolkit.
Users can explore the toolkit map in any order, dipping into each area of the campus for resources and videos to build their knowledge. Each location includes an interactive gamified challenge to test and reinforce the learning.
Whether it’s about living in student accommodation, assessing the reliability of a research source or managing on a budget, these ‘mini-games’ raise awareness and understanding of what it takes to succeed in university life.
To further smooth the path to higher education, the university commissioned Sponge to create a digital guide to help students identify the best course for them, prepare their UCAS application and write an effective personal statement.
The interactive resource uses gamification to break the task into small sections and add fun to the application process, which can often be a daunting task for young people. Users can write notes within the guide as they go and download a fully formed application by the end of the module.
The Independent Learners’ Toolkit was first launched to students in 2017 during a pilot workshop, ahead of the wider roll out. Initial feedback has been positive with participants reporting increased confidence and knowledge in key areas.
22% increase in understanding of specific independent learning skills
More than half of participants reported increased confidence
Thousands of young people are benefitting from the resources