Articles | Volume 20, issue 10
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 4079–4091, 2016

Special issue: Effective Science Communication and Education in Hydrology...

Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 4079–4091, 2016
Education and communication
07 Oct 2016
Education and communication | 07 Oct 2016

Learning about water resource sharing through game play

Tracy Ewen and Jan Seibert

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Games are an optimal way to teach about water resource sharing, as they allow real-world scenarios to be explored. We look at how games can be used to teach about water resource sharing, by both playing and developing water games. An evaluation of the web-based game Irrigania found Irrigania to be an effective and easy tool to incorporate into curriculum, and a course on developing water games encouraged students to think about water resource sharing in a more critical and insightful way.