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How the Principles Behind Game-Based Learning Will Change Our Approach to Teaching and Learning David Finkel WPI, Computer Science Department Interactive Media and Game Development [email protected] Interactive Media and Game Development.

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Interactive media and game development

How the Principles Behind Game-Based Learning Will Change Our Approach to Teaching and LearningDavid FinkelWPI, Computer Science DepartmentInteractive Media and Game [email protected]

Interactive Media and Game Development


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How Games Teach, and What We Can Learn From Them Our Approach to Teaching and LearningDavid FinkelWPI, Computer Science DepartmentInteractive Media and Game [email protected]

Interactive Media and Game Development


Background
Background Our Approach to Teaching and Learning

  • My recent experience playing games

  • Book:

    • What Video Games Have to Teach Us about Learning and Literacy, by James Paul Gee

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What do video games teach
What do video games teach? Our Approach to Teaching and Learning

  • They teach how to play the game!

    • A very complex task

    • Games are very effective teachers

  • How do games teach so effectively?

  • What can we learn about teaching by observing how games teach?

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How do games teach
How do games teach? Our Approach to Teaching and Learning

  • Printed manuals. (Some players ignore them, some players read them thoroughly.)

  • Static on-screen image of the controller or keyboard

  • In-game instructions or hints

  • Friends, teammates, opponents

    more …

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How do games teach 2
How do games teach? - 2 Our Approach to Teaching and Learning

  • In-game tutorials. May be

    • Lesson based (do this, now do this …)

    • In-game mentor

    • Sandbox game environment

  • Game provides a graded series of experiences

    • becoming gradually more difficult

    • requiring more mastery

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Why is the teaching effective
Why is the teaching effective Our Approach to Teaching and Learning

  • Players really want to master the games

  • The players learn the skills in the same environment that they’ll be using the skills. (Situated learning)

  • The players can practice the skills immediately after learning them. (Just-in-time learning)

  • The game domain encourages experimentation (Active learning)

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Why is the teaching effective 2
Why is the teaching effective - 2 Our Approach to Teaching and Learning

  • Teaching material can be adapted to the level of the player

  • Player can control the amount and timing of tutorials

  • Player can return for additional help at any time

  • Game play later in the game depends on successful adaptation of what was learned earlier and innovation

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Some educational examples
Some educational examples … Our Approach to Teaching and Learning

  • Lots of bad examples – flashcard, drill programs

  • History Simulations

    • Oregon Trail

    • Commercial history-based games

    • Realistic war simulations

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University based projects
University-based projects Our Approach to Teaching and Learning

  • USC and Department of Defense

    • Tactical Language Project (learning Arabic)

    • Full Spectrum Warrior (Squad-level tactics)

    • Leaders Project 

  • MIT and Microsoft

    • Engineering and Science Games

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Challenges for educators and librarians
Challenges for educators and librarians Our Approach to Teaching and Learning

  • Harness the teaching power of games in schools and libraries

  • Find a way to afford the cost of developing first-class games (upwards of $10M)

  • For libraries: How to incorporate games into library collections

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Reference
Reference Our Approach to Teaching and Learning

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How Games Teach, and What We Can Learn From Them Our Approach to Teaching and LearningDavid FinkelWPI, Computer Science DepartmentInteractive Media and Game [email protected]://www.cs.wpi.edu/~dfinkel

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