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The Learning Effects from Global Conflicts: Palestine 6. October 2006, Athens Simon Egenfeldt-Nielsen Assistant Professor ITU Copenhagen Tasha Buch Research assistant ITU Copenhagen Agenda What is a serious game? What is Global Conflicts: Palestine? What do other people think?
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6. October 2006, Athens
Assistant Professor ITU Copenhagen
Research assistant ITU Copenhagen
What is a serious game?
What is Global Conflicts: Palestine?
What do other people think?
Definition serious games
In principal, any game
Games with an agenda
Not only entertaining
Problems with edutainment
Little intrinsic motivation: Extrinsic motivation through rewards, rather than intrinsic motivation.
No integrated learning experience: Lacks integration of the learning experience with playing experience - learning subordinated play experience.
Drill-and-practice learning principles: Rely on drill-and-practice rather than understanding – training above learning.
No teacher presence: No demands on teachers or parents.
Simple gameplay: Built on a simple gameplay from classic titles.
Small budgets: Produced on limited budgets with limited technology.
Edutainment lacks balance
Most of what goes under the name "edutainment" reminds me of George Bernard Shaw's response to a famous beauty who speculated on the marvelous child they could have together: "With your brains and my looks ..." He retorted, "But what if the child had my looks and your brains?"
(Papert, 1998: 88)
Create the world’s best computer games with an agenda beyond entertainment
Global Conflict :
Feel and understand the tense atmosphere and problems in Palestine
You as freelance journalist will draft a way out of the conflict
“I learned more history in one day than the last 6 months”
Student, 16 years
Get the best article
Gain their trust
Get their story
Dig out best quotes
Put together article
Highest journalist level
What problems did we try to solve
Sample: 51 Danish High school low-middle class students (16-20 years) after a one-week course
Test & evaluation
Traditional lecturing 4 weeks on theme
Play missions 2 students (note taking)
Group discussion 4 students (Poster w. timeline)
Plenum discussion all students
“Global Conflicts: Palestine is a fun and different way to receive learning” (Female student, 18 years)
“You had a greater desire to learn about the topic from Global Conflicts: Palestine” (Male student, 16 years)
”You learn a lot about how Israelis and Palestinians respectively look at the conflict, because you talk to different persons... I think it is good that the stories derive from reality, providing the stories with a realistic tone.” (Female student, 18 years)
Students want more...
Different rooms for learning styles