Students at Salford University in the UK may soon have to capture Pokémon as part of their degree.
How the app relates to the course isn’t immediately clear. However, Salford University lecturer Dr David Kreps says that it will make the course more accessible, and easier to grasp. Pokémon Go, he says, fits perfectly with that.
“It uses various information systems that are accessed over the internet, a digital camera and a GPS location sensor.”
Kreps also emphasized that while the course requires students to play Pokémon Go, it will get “a little more complicated” than just catching endless amounts of Rattata.
This isn’t the first time Pokémon Go has been used in an academic setting. The University of Idaho offers a class called Pop Culture Games, where playing Pokémon Go is a requirement to pass.
Course instructor Steven Bird says, “This app does more than let you shoot a Pokéball. You get to adventure around, seeing different things, being active, seeing the sun. It allows you to move in large groups and a team. You get not only physical activity, but you also get team-building and leadership.”