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Quest Atlantis

An Overview of Quest Atlantis

Building on the model of online role-playing games, QA combines strategies used in the commercial gaming environment with lessons from educational research on learning and motivation. The core elements of QA include:

  • a 3D multi-user virtual environment
  • an unfolding storyline involving a mythical Council and a set of social commitments
  • a customizable homepage and various trajectories through which a player's character can evolve
  • inquiry learning activities, including Quests, missions, zones, and even simulated worlds
  • a globally-distributed community of 15,000 participants who log in from five countries. 


Through Quest Atlantis, players can travel to virtual places to perform various educational activities, talk with other users and mentors, and build virtual personae.  As students complete these various activities, their game character earns increased functionality and each player can evolve her character based on their own personal interests and priorities.

Watch this video by the creator of Quest Atlantis talking about the power of gaming in education