LECTURE | What IF? Building Interactive Fiction to Teach and Learn Biblical Studies
Dr. G. Brooke Lester, assistant professor of Hebrew Scriptures at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, will present his sabbatical lecture, "What IF? Building Interactive Fiction to Teach and Learn Biblical Studies," on Thursday, March 21, 2019, at 11:10 a.m. in Room 205. This lecture is free and open to the public.
Games offer unique possibilities for learning, and text-based interactive fiction ("IF") lends itself as a low barrier to entry for instructors and students wishing to build interactive narrative games. What might learners discover as they ransack an Israelite Iron-Age four-room house for ingredients to make the daily barley loaves? How might they decide their allegiances as Babylon’s army beseiges Jerusalem, while Jeremiah urges the populace to give themselves over to the enemy? What biblical worlds and characters would my learners make if they could, and why?