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I work for an academic library and the dean is interested in letting me purchase the Artemis software for use in our library but we're concerned about the administration/IT department(s) concerns about the validity of having it. We need to have a reason other than our students will enjoy it.  Has anyone used this in an academic setting and if so, how did you convince the 'powers that be' of it's value?

I should also add that I have little experience with SBS but I plan on purchasing the license for personal 'research' very soon.
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Its honestly just an amazing game to develop teamwork skills, communication skills and team development skills. If you want to be good at the game you HAVE to work with other people, the group will have to develop and get better at their individual jobs as well as develop new tactics and  procedures.
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I agree. I understand it has been used in businesses as a team building exercise. I've been meaning to suggest that to my boss. [biggrin]

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I use Artemis as a team building exercise at work. Some places also use Artemis for leadership training but I have not done that yet.

Edit: For years I have done single-crew team building in an Academic Library. This year I moved out of the library into a large classroom with six projectors in order to do multi-crew team building. The training is harder but it does work.

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I would like to reinforce what has been said before. It is a fantastic team building activity. It brings people together like no simulation I have seen before. It is also a great tool for leadership development because it gets at the heart of what a leader is, it forces you to direct others and make calculating and unilateral decisions that will affect the team in many ways. 

I am a Resident Assistant (RA) at Penn State University and as a recent example for our staff meeting I setup my bridge. It worked out so well! Everyone got into it and had a blast. It really showed who the leaders were and the strengths and weaknesses of others. 

I would also like to touch on the technical aspect of the game from more of an IT view. If you went to not have a specific area setup for a bridge it would allow student to become more familiar with computer setup and networking. Also from a software development point of view it would allow students to be able to learn programming skills. This is because Artemis is such an open program with tons of mods and extras like DMX lighting capability and 3D modeling for ships. 

I believe Artemis is a great tool that should be incorporated into academic environments everywhere.

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things like the mission scripting system can help show computers "think" or rather don't (eg the comms spamming issue that just about everyone runs into when making there first missions).

There is plenty that Artemis can teach a budding computer programming student or game developer, alot of the tools are open source on github and there are room for other projects that don't have a solution yet - a good ship internals editor (.snt) for example. or a new mod loader (its not been updated in quite a few years now). Not to mention the aforementioned team building and leadership posibilitys. Artimis is perhpse one of the better options out there for an intro to programing - its not hugly complex as games go but has enough flexiability and options to teach a bunch of things.
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Several people have mentioned team building, but there are other educational aspects. 

For example, if you have ROTC on campus they could use it as a battle sim.  In fact, it would be pretty easy to do a mod to make it submarine vs submarine.  And the fact that it's not accurate to a modern sub is just fine because if it WERE accurate, it would be classified.

Alternatively you could make Artemis into a school team sport for the non-athletic kids.   Not everyone is cut out for football or baseball.  But Artemis could be a great intra-school sport or even an inter-school sport.  Think of how much it costs to supply and train a football team.  A LOT.  A basketball team.  Tons!  An Artemis team?  The cost of one or two bridge licenses.

Or, here's something else.  How about using it as a way for beginning CS students to work on different mods as an intro to things like skinnable applications.  It could also be a good introduction to doing 3d models and other graphics.


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The good folks who run OLC Innovate next spring have just approved my proposal to present Artemis for Leadership and Teambuilding exercises. My presentation will be about two weeks after Armada, at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, TN. Here are the details:

https://onlinelearningconsortium.org/attend-2018/innovate/program/olc-innovate-2018-session-page/?session=4915&kwds=


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Looks pretty cool!  I bet that with only 45 minutes they'll be sad when it's over!
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