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Meaningful Play 2018 at Michigan State University

Game Information

Presenter(s)Lien Tran, Jill Sanko, Deborah Salani, Yui Matsuda
SessionConference Reception, Game Exhibition, and Poster Session
TimeThursday, October 11, 7:00p-10:00p
LocationMSU Union Ballroom
FormatGame Exhibition
DescriptionAn interdisciplinary team of faculty from University of Miami's School of Communication and School of Nursing and Health Studies designed Dwell, a tabletop simulation game informing players through role-play about poverty's effect on one's ability to thrive. Research has shown that poverty influences the five dimensions of family, including health, productivity, physical environment, emotional well-being, and family interaction (Park, Turnbull, & Turnbull). Given the importance of educating future health care providers about these implications of poverty, the team brought together its experience in simulation, game design, and poverty and nursing education to iteratively design a facilitated simulation game with the goal of providing health care students an interactive role-playing experience that deepens their sensitivity towards future patients living below the poverty line by playing 1 of 5 households in the simulated town of Dwellville and participating in periodic in-game and post-game debrief.

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