Geocaching is a "real-world treasure hunting game where players around the globe use GPS devices to discover hidden containers" (caches, also known as geocaches). Adopting the particular gaming context, and transferring it in a virtual experience, I seek to describe how scaffolding contributes in learners' virtual performance. This work is an exploration of how learning can be scaffolded and enhanced effectively in a a 3D virtual gaming environment (Quest Atlantis). Through a mission regarding a fictional narrative involving the Mayan civilization and Ancient Greece, and with geocaching practices, players/learners embark on a journey to discover the final geocache that will resolve the dilemma. This project describes a small part of the mission, where Questers (the players in Quest Atlantis) decrypt a Mayan script. 

Maria Solomou
Learning Sciences
Indiana University, Bloomington
Fall 2009