Immersive Fantasy Writing using Role Playing and Augmented Reality Apps


  • Cathy Oxley



Collaborative writing, Fantasy writing workshop, Immersive role-playing, Team-building games, Augmented reality apps


Collaborative writing has been shown to improve students’ writing enjoyment, and to improve writing outcomes for some students. Building on past experiences with collaborative writing workshops, the teacher-librarians from four schools decided to change the focus of the workshop this year to a fantasy writing workshop. To simulate the challenges of a hero’s quest, immersive role playing activities, team-building and problem-solving games and the use virtual and augmented reality apps were introduced. This paper investigates experiential learning as a means by which teacher- librarians can add value to their school’s curriculum and learning outcomes. It looks at ideas from other educators which were incorporated into the workshop, the challenges and successes of the workshop, and feedback given by the students.

Author Biography

Cathy Oxley

Cathy Oxley has worked as a teacher librarian for 30 years in both primary and secondary schools, and loves empowering students with Web 2.0 tools to enable rich, collaborative learning experiences for both research and reading. Since 2009 she has been Director of Information Services at Brisbane Grammar School, a large day and boarding school with 1700 boys in Years 5 to 12. She is currently President of the Brisbane School Library Association.