Vit Sisler on Czechoslovakia 38-89: Between Nazism and Communism @ CREATE Lab

04/15/2013 4:55 pm – 04/15/2013 6:35 pm As part of EDCT GE 2520 Research on Simulations and Games for Learning, Vit Sisler will present: Czechoslovakia 38-89: Between Nazism and Communism Czechoslovakia 38-89: Between Nazism and Communism is a complex educational serious game which is currently being developed at the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the Charles University in Prague and the Institute of Contemporary History of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. The main target audience is 13 to 19 years old high-school students. The general educational objective of the game is to present to the students the key events of the history of Czechoslovakia in the second half of 20th century (to 1989) and to enable them to “experience” these events from the perspective of different actors. By doing so, the game aims to develop deeper understanding of the complex and multifaceted political, social, and cultural aspects of this time period. Emphasis is given on the diversified historical experiences of various segments of the population. The game is a single-player dialog-based adventure game with a strong narrative, featuring interactive comics and authentic audio visual materials. Importantly, the content of Czechoslovakia 38-89 is based on personal testimonies of eyewitnesses of the respective periods. The player assumes a different role in individual modules and interacts with the eyewitnesses in the present and “travels” back in time on memories of the eyewitnesses yielded during conversations. The educational methodology also supports in-class discussions concerning the given periods and events. Czechoslovakia 38-89 is being developed within a research project supported by the Czech Ministry of Culture.