University of Kent launches game-based introduction to uni life

One Hour Degree has been played almost 1000 times across 51 different countries in less than a week

The University of Kent has launched an online simulation to help new students adapt to university life. The One Hour Degree is a narrative-based adventure game replicating the key elements of gaining a Kent degree, all condensed into 60 minutes.

Initial take-up has been strong, with the game played almost 1000 times across 51 different countries in less than a week, by both new and prospective students.

Systems development manager for Kent’s award-winning Student Success Project, Alison Webb, wrote and developed the game. “We know that many students have a range of concerns about going to university,” she said. “These include those around independent study and living, and how to make the most of personal development and social opportunities. Through this game we aim to help them not only confront and navigate those concerns, but to remind them that they are not alone in having them. We also aim to remind them of the support services and mechanisms available to them during their time with us.”

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One Hour Degree is broken up into five ‘quests’: Welcome week, the first term, and years one, two and three. Players receive progress feedback by earning ‘knowledge’ and ‘wellbeing’ points along the way, as well as a badge for each completed quest. Cumulatively, these will dictate the classification of the ‘degree’ received at game’s end.

With more than 100 million unique pathways available, players are being encouraged to choose a variety of story paths to ascertain how different decisions result in different outcomes.

To play One Hour Degree, click here.

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