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Even more Q&A April 5, 2008

Posted by Robert Rich in symposium.
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NewsU’s courses are for everyone in the world, but what about people who speak Spanish or other languages?

“We are starting on a process called NewsU global. It’s going to be used not to translate but to transform our training into different languages. Local idioms, local languages are key to that. We are looking for content partners, funding partners to help us out. Long answer that should have been shortened to yes we will be global, and yes we will be Spanish first.” – Howard Finberg

When do you use a game and when do you use a simple interactive feature for a story? Are games that powerful?

“A really well designed game has a perfect balance of challenge and reward.” Suzanne Seggerman

“The idea of simulating an experience with something you wouldn’t normally have. You don’t get that with sliders, you can move stuff around but what’s the experience of buying a house, and that’s what a game can do. That’s what I define a game as is being a part of something and having that empathy with the situation. The good thing about using the term game is it has a very strong cultural view. You can start with that word and then basically do whatever you want.” – Ian Bogost

“I don’t think it’s just about empathy. Sometimes people need to understand concepts that are best taught by getting them to explore, that’s not an empathetic issue it’s an exploration one. What about saying here’s an activity that helps me explore.” – Howard Finberg

“Competition is a big motivator. A good example is the New York Time’s news quiz on Facebook. You can keep track of your score, see how smart you are compared to other people. Just taking a quiz can get boring, but maintaining your score and your status can keep you engaged.” – Paige West

“Don’t underestimate the competition aspect. We borrowed from the New York Times and used it for a game for high school students, where you can rank yourself compared to others. It motivates people to try again and you always want to give them that opportunity to try again.” – Howard Finberg

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