The Ohio State University Libraries’ Teaching and Learning Office, in collaboration with the Office of First Year Experience and the Office of Undergraduate Studies, has developed an online game to orient all new first year students and their families to the University Libraries prior to their arrival on campus. The project had a minimal budget, so they developed the game using staff time, student help, and (mostly) freeware.
Through an interactive campus map, eight casual games, and six short videos, new students and their families can become familiar with (and hopefully more willing to use) library locations, collections, services, tools, and people in the Ohio State library system. Launched in 2007, Head Hunt has been played by more than 5,000 incoming freshmen without assistance or software problems.
Faculty librarian Fred Roecker let this session as a part of the Game-based Learning series in the Digital Union.