Grant awarded to design preservation video game

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Elizabeth Goins

Elizabeth Goins, assistant professor of fine arts and director of student research in the museum studies program in the College of Liberal Arts, has won a $25,000 grant from the National Park Service and the National Center for Preservation Training and Technology to develop an interactive video game that will transport students to virtual worlds of preservation and conservation archetypes. She is working closely with co-principal investigators, Professor Andrew Phelps and Associate Professor Chris Egert, both from RIT’s School of Interactive Games and Media.

The game, a modification of the existing commercial game Elderscrolls IV: Oblivion, is the first of its kind in this field utilizing open-source technology to supplement traditional classroom coursework for undergraduate and graduate teaching programs, online professional training, volunteer training and community outreach.

The game is in development and will be tested on students at RIT and University of Delaware through spring of 2012. Upon completion, the game will be offered as a free download from RIT and University of Delaware websites and supported with discussion boards.