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Learning Games and Simulations: Implications for Libraries Wisconsin Library Association 2007 Annual Conference October 16-19 Green Bay, WI What this session covers: Learning games and simulations… Many with health themes and content for all ages characteristics Gamer demographics

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learning games and simulations implications for libraries

Learning Games and Simulations:Implications for Libraries

Wisconsin Library Association

2007 Annual Conference

October 16-19

Green Bay, WI

what this session covers
What this session covers:
  • Learning games and simulations…
    • Many with health themes and content
    • for all ages
    • characteristics
  • Gamer demographics
  • Peek inside some “healthy” games and sims
  • Where to learn more
lots of questions
Lots of Questions
  • What constitutes play?
  • What constitutes learning?
  • When does play become work?
  • Where do they blend and blur?
  • Can we learn better through play?
  • What does the research show?
  • Are gaming spaces the ultimate mashups?

We’ve wired classrooms, libraries, our homes and ourselves!

NOW WHAT?

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Games are widely used as education tools, not just for pilots, soldiers and surgeons, but also in schools and businesses…

  • Games require players to:
        • construct hypotheses
        • solve problems
        • develop strategies
        • learn the rules of the in-game world through trial and error
        • juggle several different tasks
        • evaluate risks
        • make quick decisions
  • Playing games is, thus, an ideal form of preparation for the workplace of the 21st century…
  • -The Economist. London: Aug 6, 2005. Vol. 376, Iss. 8438;  pg. 9
who s playing
Who’s Playing?
  • 69%heads/households play computer or video games
  • 32% heads/households play on wireless devices
  • Avg age of buyers is 40(video and computer)
  • Seniorsfastest growing user group
    • Why?
  • 79%of all players report physical exercise avg 20/wk
  • 93%report reading books or daily newspapers
  • 62% consistently attend cultural events

Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Website (accessed 9/26,2007)

who s playing6
Who’s Playing?

Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Website (accessed 9/26,2007)

who s playing7
Who’s Playing?

Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Website (accessed 9/26,2007)

who s playing8
Who’s Playing?

Entertainment Software Association (ESA) Website (accessed 9/26,2007)

is it a game or a simulation
Is it a Game or a Simulation?
  • Does it matter?
    • Simulations are acceptable
    • Games viewed with skepticism
  • Can we blend them effectively?
  • Technologies expanding horizons
  • Research on gameplay and learning
  • Economics of fun (Castronova)
  • When is play work? (Yee)
simulations are
Simulations are:
  • Non-linear
  • Interactive abstraction
  • Dynamic sets of relationships
  • Responsibilities result in consequences
  • Models of systems or environments
  • Sometimes like games

Gibson,David.Aldrich, Clark; Prensky,Marc. Games and simulations in online learning : research and development frameworks. (2007)

simulations for skills training
Simulations for Skills Training
  • Flight simulators – classic example
    • As training tools and games
  • Clinical skills training
    • SimMan
  • Military/Security training
    • America’s Army
    • Language skills
    • Cultural sensitivities
  • Virtual disaster simulations
    • Play2Train in Second Life
multiuser virtual environs muves
MultiUser Virtual Environs (MUVES)
  • Building virtual realities
  • Social context
  • Participatory learning environments
  • Learning shells to be filled
    • Second Life
    • Croquet
    • River City
games are
Games are:
  • Linear
  • Organized play
  • Competitive fun
  • Rule-based
  • Defined by privileges, penalties, constraints
  • Sometimes blended with simulations

Gibson,David.Aldrich, Clark; Prensky,Marc. Games and simulations in online learning : research and development frameworks. (2007)

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Big Games/Sims

Tiny Games/Sims

malaria mosquito game sim
Malaria Mosquito Game/Sim

http://nobelprize.org/educational_games/medicine/malaria/

pulse
Pulse

APRIL 10, 2006

sims for learning training
Sims for Learning/Training
  • Imitation of real world characteristics
  • Modeling real-life or imaginary situation on computer
  • Study and skills training
    • Health sims
  • Multiuser Virtual Environments (MUVES)
    • River City
    • Second Life
  • Sims with gaming characteristics
    • Trauma Center: Under the Knife
    • Second Opinion
serious games for health
Serious Games for Health
  • Nutrition
    • Monster Nutrition
    • Food Pyramid Blast Off
  • Body is the Game - Fighting Cancer
    • Re-Mission
    • Nanoswarm
  • Exercise
    • Brain Age
    • The WII
    • DDR
blurring the boundaries
Blurring the Boundaries

Between…

  • Games and Sims
  • Work and play
  • Learning and gameplay
  • Serious and trivial pursuits
  • Virtual and real worlds
  • Validity and fantasy
trends speculations
Trends & Speculations
  • Cross-generational use of games and sims
  • Future learners more visually demanding
  • Social networking in digital spaces
  • Learners want to be engaged
  • Hybrid learning increasing
  • Blending/Blurring of learning tools and environments
  • Increased mobility – yours and the technologies (Starbucks & McDonalds)
  • Working and playing online
  • Technologies without borders
  • Research continues
implications for libraries and librarians
Implications for Libraries and Librarians
  • Instruction
  • Collections
  • Reference
  • Development
  • Librarians as content experts
  • Special events
  • Research
instruction orientation
Instruction/Orientation
  • Jeopardy
  • Big game at Ohio State
  • Information literacy
  • Nutrition and fitness
  • Self-guided phone tours
  • Language games
  • Second Life course
collections
Collections
  • Libraries Circulating Games Wiki
  • Online Books Page (Uni Penn)
  • Stanford University’s Video Game Collection
  • Kentucky public library to carry video games
special events
Special Events
  • Game nights
  • Tournaments
    • Guitar Hero
    • Dance Dance Revolution
    • Wii
  • Big games
  • Board games
  • Games for change
where to learn more
Where to Learn More
  • Serious Games Initiative
  • The Shifted Librarian Blog
  • Game On: Games in Libraries Blog
  • Library Games Blog
  • Conferences
  • People
it s all about learning
It’s all about learning…

So…

Let the Games Begin!

that s all folks
That’s All Folks!
  • Questions

Ulrike Dieterle, MA, MLSDistance Services and Outreach CoordinatorEbling Library

School of Medicine and Public Health University of Wisconsin-MadisonPH: 608.262.8025

[email protected]

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