Summer in Smallywood — three Essential Skills games available online

March 17th, 2011 by Monika Jankowska-Pacyna

The Centre for Skills Development & Training recently launched Summer in Smallywood, a series of three online games developed for young adults (ages 15 to 30) to help enhance their employability.

The games focus on three Essential Skills: Oral Communication, Working with Others and Thinking Skills, and are designed to provide users with practical hands-on learning to increase their skills, while making the learning effective, accessible and fun.These three skills were identified by employers as being the areas where younger adults need the most improvement.

This two-year project was developed with funding from the Government of Canada’s Office of Literacy & Essential Skills (OLES) and in partnership with the Halton Industry Education Council.

The games have been designed for use in a variety of youth-focused settings, including high school classrooms, employment and literacy programs, youth drop-in centres and companies employing young people.

Each module is designed to utilize the inherent learning properties of video games, which include a focus on problem solving, exploration and re-evaluating goals. The player is immersed in a game world where learning about Essential Skills is vital to their progression in the story. The humorous story line, unique characters and intuitive gameplay are features that have appealed to players who have participated in the piloting phase of this project.

Supporting materials, such as Facilitator’s Guide, Self-Assessment tools, Activities and Instruction Manual are also provided.

Click here to learn more and to access the games.