Game-based trench safety education: Development and lessons learned

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Journal titleElectronic Journal of Information Technology in Construction
Pages118132; # of pages: 15
SubjectEdutainment; Health and safety training; Knowledge transfer; Serious games; Trench safety; Commerce; Health; Knowledge management; Personnel training; Students; Technology; Trenching; Visualization; Teaching
AbstractIn collaboration with a college teaching construction trades, the authors engaged in developing and deploying a serious game focussed on teaching trench health and safety lessons as an initial investigation into applying edutainment in the construction trades. This paper reviews the background of using interactive technology in construction trades training and presents the observations taken from the developers, teachers and students involved and subsequent conclusions drawn based on these observations. The broad lessons learnt indicate that serious games offer an engaging and innovative medium for delivering training to students who are more comfortable with hands-on learning for a hands-on trade. Although studies are still underway in assessing the long term benefits in retention, the students and teachers involved found the use of gaming technology to be an overall positive experience with some immediately demonstrable benefits. Furthermore, the potential for adopting serious games in educational programs will only grow as interactive computer technology only becomes more and more ubiquitous in society. This said, challenges remain in measuring the long term impact, and costs associated with developing and delivering the interactive content to the students and subsequently finding ways to reduce those costs and maximise the positive benefits attained using such technology. © 2011 The authors.
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AffiliationNational Research Council Canada (NRC-CNRC); Construction (CONST-CONST)
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NPARC number21271385
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