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Meeting Minutes 4-28-21

Game Based Learning (GBL) Faculty Interest Group (FIG) – Notes from Meeting Two

Wednesday, Apr 28, 2021, 1:30pm via Zoom

Grace Axler-DiPerte, Facilitator

Participants:    Grace Axler-DiPerte (KCC BIO), Olga Kagan (SPS CUNY), Lorraine LaPrade (KCC LIBR), Mary Ortiz (KCC BIO), Raluca Toscano (KCC Math)

Meeting began at 1:30pm.

  1. Grace welcomed everyone.
  2. Grace showed how an Escape Room works.
    1. She started with a demo slide show on How to Make an Escape Room.
    2. Start with a Google Slide (Bitmoji, Background, Instructions, Links). You can then post a link to Google Docs.
    3. With each step you can get a word and at the end get a key to unlock the door to escape. For example, “test” “always” “room” “your” becomes “Always test your room.”
    4. When you complete the room, you get “You’ve escaped”. The students can upload the photo of this to show they did it.
    5. Put the slides in viewform.
    6. The slides can give feedback.
    7. Discussion followed.
    8. You can search Google Images with selection for “Free to Use” for images.
  3. Grace showed how to set up an Escape Room.
    1. For each Escape Room set up a folder on Google Drive with a Google Forms document and a Google Slides document.
    2. Use “edit” mode to create your slides.
    3. Grace went through her Virtual Gram Stain set up in Goggle Forms.
    4. Grace went through the anatomy of a single question. If students get the question wrong, you can tell them why, let them go back to do the question again.
    5. Make every question required so that they cannot skip ahead.
    6. Keep track of where the questions are.
    7. Use the “two bars” to add a section.
    8. The process of setting this up will take less time as you do it more (from about 5 hours the first time you do it, to 1.5 hours once you have done it several times).
    9. Grace used Google Chrome and showed how to set up a room 9need Google Forms and Google Slides).
    10. Instructions should include how to play the game.
    11. Share the game but do not let anyone edit it.
    12. Then put in an Escape Room slide. Insert the link.  Paste it.  Then test it.
    13. Next, write a branch decision pathway.
    14. Grace showed how to create a question. Multiple choice questions are easier to work with.  You can make and remove options.  Use “go to section” based on the answer.  Then do branching decisions.  Link sections to answers.  Grace showed how to make, do, and edit sections and make them required.  You can force making the right choice.  Discussion followed.
    15. Test every choice to see where it goes. Make sure it goes where you want it to.  Check to see it sends you back to correct sections.  Test it.  Use preview.
    16. Create a flowchart or map before you create the Escape Room to stay focused.
    17. Sections update automatically when you change/add a section.
    18. Grace went through a series of setting up questions with options/answers/links. Discussion took place.


  1. Next meeting will be 5/19 /2021 at 1:30 pm on Zoom.  Grace will send out log in info.
  2. Meeting ended at 2:30 pm.

Notes respectfully submitted by Mary Theresa Ortiz, KCC Bio

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