Developing ‘war games’ for the Red Cross

The Red Cross has a mandate to teach young people about the rules of war. Based on input from the Red Cross, we have developed a brand-new teaching aid using mixed media such as augmented reality and gamification combined with analogue tools. This teaching aid can be used free of charge in schools and colleges across Norway from the autumn of 2020. 

Learning empathy

“When the War Rages” is an educational resource on human rights and international humanitarian law, which will be distributed free of charge to schools across Norway. In partnership with the Red Cross, we have developed and designed the teaching resources with engaging use of various media such as augmented reality, online materials, board games, quizzes and ethical dilemmas.

“These learning resources are based on the idea that people have intrinsic value and human worth. This is very topical at a time when racism is high on the agenda,” Linn-Cecilie Linnemann says.

The aim is to make the learning resources current and attractive to students and their active online lives.

We have worked with augmented reality (AR) which provides an interactive experience of real-life environments in which objects – which exist in the real world – are enhanced by computer-generated perceptual information.

Testing by young people

In June, 27 students from Sofienberg School in Oslo volunteered for user tests. The AR game was well received by students who ensured that group discussions in class were very productive. Teachers at the school believe that the game fits perfectly into the new curriculum which is taking human dignity as its overall theme across subjects this year.

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