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Inquiry into the future of Rezzly/3DGL

I managed to convince my admin to spring for two teacher licenses earlier in the year in order to prototype a quest-based learning system for next fall to see how things turn out. I can see huge benefits and opportunities in the use of this system and paradigm.

My co-worker and I have put a lot of time into designing the quest flow (on paper) and digital resources. As such I am about to embark on creating an 80+ quest group that is going to cover everything from "This is a mouse" to "A* Pathfinding A.I."

But as I go through the process of creating quests, etc. I find myself running into a number of questions and the solutions I keep seeing on the forums are consistently the use of 3rd party software/services and "we'll suggest it to our dev team"

Every time I have to get my students to use an external system, that is another series of lessons I must prepare and another series of headaches to deal with. For example, if they do not set up permissions properly on their Google Doc for me to see/edit. As well as the not-insignificant workflow problem of not being able to do a group pull of an assessment file submission.

This is not criticism, it is a set of questions as to if and when we will see this system become more of a standalone solution and how often can we expect updates? The update page says the last update seems to be a year ago, this of course raises concerns of the longevity of the service as a whole. That being said, I certainly would not be taking the time to write this message or prepare this course/group if I didn't think what you have already done here is great, I am just trying to find the direction you are heading so I can better plan for the future.

Thank you for taking the time to read my comments/concerns.
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  • I will refer your questions to our business office. Good questions and we will get the appropriate person to respond for you.
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    Greetings, and thanks for your questions.

    We conduct monthly updates, although many of those aren't visible to the everyday user, such as improving data storage and system stability, decreasing load times, and adding administrative features in our institutional version of the platform.

    One new user feature we'll be launching in the next month will be group discussions, so students and teachers can have threaded discussion inside a group of quests.

    If you have other specific questions with regard to your planning needs, let us know.
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    You might try Google Classroom in conjunction with Rezzly. It is another tool for the kids to learn, as you say. But then you can have a quest for which each student gets their own Google doc or spreadsheet. And all of the docs end up in a single folder on the teacher account. I used Google Classroom last year and am going to try to combine it with Rezzly this year.
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    • Hi Lisa,
      It works, but is not ideal. As mentioned previously, every 3rd party tool added is another headache. Google Classroom does allow for a group pull of an assignment, it is neither fast or ideal since there is potential identification issues since students may name things the same. Yes, you can advise them to be unique in their naming, but kids are kids and they do not always follow instructions as well as we'd like.

      We are happy with Rezzly, but are eagerly awaiting future updates.
      All in all we use a number of tools for workflow and motivation:

      Rezzly as a gamification and quest pathing solution
      Classcraft for the virtual currency motivation
      TeachAssist (a board approved marking tracking system)
      Google Classroom for submissions
      Google Drive for file hosting and Data backup/Sharing with other teachers
      A Custom website to add behind the scenes logic for quizzes
      YouTube for video hosting
      Google Sheets for shared graphical report visualization. Rezzly does offer some reporting, but there are still some areas we need more data (particularly in individual quest completion relative to all students) and none of their data is presented in an easy to consume medium, just spread sheets.

      Rezzly is currently working on an API that we are looking forward to so we can start to build our own custom solutions.

      Hope this helps
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