Florida Virtual School (FLVS) is set to launch what it describes as the first complete online game-based course for high school students. School officials and the game's creators hope the course will help engage students who struggle in traditional classroom settings.

The game is called Conspiracy Code, and it's the first in a series of online game-based courses created by 360Ed Inc., an educational game development company, and FLVS. The first Conspiracy Code course fulfills a full credit of history and is aligned with state and national standards.

The project began in 2005 when Ben Noel, chief executive of 360Ed, met Julie Young,...

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