An innovative, multiplayer game that aims to disrupt the static approach to online learning, Civic Seed was developed by Tisch College to effectively and at scale prepare students for work in the community.
The interactive game guides students to access their own motives, values, and identities; consider the assets and characteristics of the communities where they work; and to collaborate in developing solutions. By completing the game, students receive a certificate that can be used as a qualification by community organizations, create a civic e-portfolio, and access a library of resources.
With a quarter of the content tailored specifically to Tufts’ host communities, Civic Seed is designed to be adapted to other organizations and institutions. Civic Seed was created in collaboration with the Engagement Game Lab at Emerson College with funding support from Bringing Theory to Practice.
Civic Seed provides students with a basic level of preparation prior to civic engagement in communities, educating students about:
The game begins in world without color. Students must explore the world, gathering and reflecting on resources and working together to bring the color back. Resources include video interviews with students who have worked in a wide range of settings, as well as faculty and community partners. Civic Seed is divided into four levels:
Part 1. Looking Inward
Understanding one’s own motivations, goals, ethics and values in the context of a larger society, including reflection on intercultural, social, and socio-economic identities.
Part 2. Expanding Outward
Exploring the concepts of community partnerships and specifics about Tufts host communities
Part 3. Working Together
Reflecting on the ways in which intercultural, social, and socio-economic identities play a role in campus-community collaboration, along with developing practical skills and common goals.
Part 4. Looking Forward
Building upon your experience, evaluating it, sustaining it, and connecting with others.
Contact Mindy Nierenberg, Senior Programs Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-627-4159.