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New media technology students at university face many challenges from social to pedagogical when they start academic studies. One of the programs initial goals for these new students is to introduce them to some of the key social Web services that they will need to use for their schoolwork. The use of pervasive games to reach this specific purpose may help new students acclimate to these challenges. This paper presents a pervasive game that helps teams of students work together with new technologies to solve a mystery about a missing fictional professor. Our particular research interest relates to how pervasive games can be used to introduce social Web technologies and support team building for a university courses. The game presented in this paper show promise as a tool to get new university students in media technology actively involved in exploring social media web services.
Date of Conference: 15-17 July 2009