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DemGames

Gamified learning platform

Make civic education accessible, measurable, and fun with DemGames--a lightweight, “edutainment” platform that hosts simple games to provide basic instruction at scale to youth on democracy concepts.

Interactive learning platforms offer a unique opportunity to engage with youth on democracy--with a technology approach that meets them where they are. Games for good can build behaviors and reinforce concepts that lead to widespread social impact. DemGames brings together NDI’s tested civic education best practices with an engaging, fun platform.

Taking a human-centered design approach, DemGames was developed through a three-design design sprint where participants discussed ideas for a platform for youth to interact with traditional content in a fun way. DemGames makes it easy to set up your own game and gives program implementers an innovative way to reinforce absorption and retention of knowledge.

DemGames for Debates--developed in partnership with NDI’s Citizen Participation and Latin American and Caribbean teams--provides users a fun way to practice the terms and concepts associated with crafting arguments, identifying evidence, justifying rebuttals, and creating concluding arguments. As a team-based out in DC, we lacked the ability to interact with our 18-24 year old politically-engaged end user in Guatemala. The geographical and monetary barrier meant we had to get creative with our user research and testing and employed a Design Sprint-- a methodology for rapid prototyping to develop an early version of the game. Of the 60 boot camp participants the game was introduced to,  55 participants interacted with the game and continue to re-engage by logging on and checking for new content.  Of these recurring game users, an average of 35 game users returns to the DemGames experience week/week enforcing the utility of using a platform like DemGames to learn or relearn the content.

Overview of features:

  • Self-paced multiple choice and matching questions.

  • Choose-your-own-adventure narration

  • Users earn points to unlock new levels

  • Create a profile to save progress throughout the game

Accessibility:

  • Available via a mobile, web-optimized app

  • Accessible to a wider audience through Amazon Alexa voice-assistant

  • Intuitive interface makes learning easy