2013 September

Focus Group at Rickmansworth School

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Focus Group at Rickmansworth School

This was the first time I was testing my game in a new setting. I had never been to the school nor did not know the teachers or students, but everyone seemed to be very friendly and helpful.

Again it was great to see the game in action. The students took to it well and they helped each other out with questions a lot which was one of the main aims of the game.

It was helpful speaking to a economics teacher I did not previously know and get feedback about other revision tools in the market.

Overall another very valuable focus group highlighting more changes to be made.

Going back to school

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Once I had my first prototype, I decided to go a trip back to school to test the game there. I managed to test it on both AS-level students and IB students which extremely useful. Some of the feedback including separating the cards in to Microeconomics and Macroeconomics, also splitting them in to AS and A2. I decided to do this for my next batch of prototypes. 

The First Focus Group

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The First Focus Group

Days after I received my first prototype, with the help of an Economics lecturer, I arranged my first focus group. This consisted of five PHD students at the University of Sussex. To support my project, the Head of Department provided lunch for attendees and a bottle of wine for the winner. This was the first time people had official played my game, and it went well! It was useful to identify several problems, the main one being that the board was too long and the number of spaces needed to be reduced. Also that graph questions could be tricky and players may get stuck on these. Overall they appeared to enjoy playing and I got feedback on improving.