Government members from the Dubrovnik campus have organized the online Game
Night as the first online event for the students of the Dubrovnik campus. The
event took place on Thursday, October 15 in the afternoon hours and the Game
night consisted of various Jackbox party pack games.
Choosing the proper content for online Game Night
had never organized an online event on our own before, so we needed to start
trying sooner rather than later. We chose game night because we believed this
type of event would have the most re-usability throughout the year and it would
be wise to get good at making it as a result. Also it was a good opportunity to
learn how to organize events on new platforms (discord and twitch as opposed to
the usual zoom). We were told that Jackbox is a good game to start with since
it is a game that doesn't favorites a certain group of people. Meaning it is
very accessible to everyone and most importantly it does not require the
users/students to download anything to play. The only problem was that one Jackbox game can fit a maximum of 8 players, so we needed to download the packs
onto multiple of our computers so that we can have multiple games being hosted
at the same time allowing everyone to play without having to wait at all.
Anticipating and overcoming challenges in organizing online Game Night
first of all, any online event has a plethora of possible problems. Internet
connections can be a real problem. If a storm had started it could have slowed
down the internet connection for the host, leading to lag and robotic
microphones. If someone is new to online events it is a lot harder to help them
with whatever problem they have when all you can do is talk to them while not
being able to see what they're doing. Also there was the problem of people
possibly being less social online, because they might be uncomfortable in the
new atmosphere. And finally, sometimes games and platforms can have unexpected
problems that don't have quick solutions which could show up as well.
Positive sides of organizing online Game Night
it could have made people less social, it simultaneously could have made others
more social. People might feel more confident to talk knowing they have some
minor level of anonymity. People might feel more comfortable talking if others
are staring at them or if they are in the comfort of their own homes. Also
meaning that if someone had enough, they could just leave the meeting and go do
what else they wanted. No one could pressure you into staying nor did you have
to plan around a bus schedule or similar. You could play some of these games in
person so this opens up many new options for entertainment. These types of
events generally don't require a budget either. Finally, since there wasn't
much you could do to prevent most of the issues that could arise these games
based online events didn't require much set up ahead of time.
Outcome of our first online Game Night
We thought these events would be a coin flip. They could be engaging or awkward, run smoothly or be filled with problems. There was no way we can tell how many people will show up nor how long they will stay. Luckily for us, the event was a general success. We got a decent turn-out of students and everybody stayed until the end. Everyone who participated said they enjoyed themselves and would come again if organized. Hopefully the next event will be even better now that we have some experience under our belt.
RIT Croatia has received a license from the Croatian Ministry of Science and Education for scientific activity in the following scientific areas
It was a very challenging semester, but we made it!
Before we break for the holidays I want to take this moment to sincerely thank you for all of your efforts in keeping our campuses safe, and for your positive attitude and resilience during the past 16 weeks. It was a true team effort, and all of you were fantastic!
In line with the current epidemiological measures and recommendations, we have decided to postpone the start of the spring semester classes for one week. The spring semester classes will now start on Monday, January 18th, 2021.
RIT Croatia students raised HRK 22,007 this year at a traditional charity auction. The auction was held in an online environment, and the funds raised will be donated to the SVE za NJU (All for Her) association of women suffering from and treated for cancer