Recently at the University of Artois in France, the Jean Perrin Faculty of Sciences used Turning Technologies interactive polling software, TurningPoint, to gamify learning and enhance engagement amongst degree students. The University utilised TurningPoint by incorporating it through ways of gamification into their lectures to create a quiz called ‘The Unserious Game’, which imitates styles from popular TV shows ‘What do I really know?’ and ‘Burger Quiz’.
Towards the end of the semester after notes had been taken and exams had been completed, students arrived at lecture theatre S25 in the Jean Perrin Faculty of Sciences where the room looked strikeingly more like a TV set than where knowledge is usually imparted. In order for students to be able to participate in ‘The Unserious Game’, they had to register with a special course through their LMS online platform, Moodle, which seemlessly integrates with TurningPoint. In lecture theatre S25, students were grouped by colour into their different degree disciplines and equipped with Turning Technologies clickers, where they participated in ‘The Unserious Game’ for two hours by answering random multiple choice questions. General knowledge questions such as ‘what is the name of the President of the University of Artois?’, ‘what does “taekwondo” mean in Korean?’ and ‘what was once housed in building B of the Jean Perrin Faculty of Sciences?’ were a few to name that appeared in the two hour fun filled session.
‘The Unserious Game’ was led to students by two Professors of the Faculty, including the director of the Faculty and the President of the University of Artois. To hold such an event, all the skills of the staff and lecturers of the Faculty were brought together to offer a relaxing and engaging afternoon for the students. Furthermore, to top it all off, there was also an iPad to win for the student with the most points. After a fierce fight, this year, Quentin Dmytrow, a physics and chemistry student, won the big prize.
All that remains for the Jean Perrin Faculty of Sciences is to now plan for the second edition of ‘The Unserious Game’ that will be as much fun and engaging as the first and to hope that other faculties follow suit with using TurningPoint interactive polling software in this clever way. Who knows, maybe an inter-faculty grand finale at the University of Artois could be next?
To watch ‘The Unserious Game’ in action CLICK HERE