UTM uses first-of-its-kind mobile game to enhance students’ transition into PSE

October 12, 2016

The University of Toronto at Mississauga says that it hopes to boost participation in first-year transition programming through the use of a campus-based digital game, reports Miisissagua.com. UTM Student Transition Manager Jackie Goodman says that roughly one in five students currently participates in the school’s programming, but she hopes that the game will boost this number by 30% to 40% in the next few years. Titled Guardians of UTM, the game challenges students to solve interactive puzzles, collect items, finish quests to advance to new stages, and explore the university in real life. “There are times in the game that you have to interact with a real-life locations on campus,” said Goodman. “You’re exploring the campus in a virtual way but you’re also visiting important locations (in the real world).” Goodman believes that UTM is the first university in the world to use this form of mobile game to support student transition. Mississauga.com