A Virtual Board Game: Monosoil


Dolma A., TÜRKEZER M. , Durmaz M., DUMAN E. , SARIÇİÇEK Y. E. , PEKCAN O.

2nd Geo Congress - Advances in Monitoring and Sensing, Embankments, Slopes, and Dams, Pavements, and Geo-Education, Charlottetown, Canada, 20 - 23 March 2022, vol.336, pp.497-504 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 336
  • City: Charlottetown
  • Country: Canada
  • Page Numbers: pp.497-504

Abstract

Monosoil is a virtual board game inspired by the well-known game Monopoly. Players compete with each other by answering questions related to the basic concepts of soil mechanics. The questions cover a wide range of topics, from theoretical concepts to laboratory tests. The game has been developed via MATLAB GUI, allowing players to experience an interactive learning session. The game aims to familiarize senior civil engineering students with soil mechanics by introducing the essentials of the field while enjoying the competition. The entertaining features such as the bonuses and penalties of the regular board games are embedded into the game to preserve players' attention throughout the game. The game constitutes supplementary materials for educational institutions to utilize digital sources during the COVID-19 pandemic. The game offers a fun way to learn soil mechanics concepts for students. Questions can be easily updated without manipulating the codes. In this way, a flexible and adjustable teaching experience is offered to educational professionals. Therefore, the game can be adapted to any undergraduate or graduate geotechnical engineering course.