Keep Playing and Learning

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The gamification of learning and instruction is not a fad; it is here to stay. The reality is that engaging, meaningful learning occurs when game-based thinking and mechanics are integrated into the instructional design process.  This module introduces research in learning from serious games, innovations in serious games, a new paradigm for education, and an adoption model for educators.

Outcomes

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • recognize the new the new paradigm of learning in relation to key critical concepts that center around gamification, immersion, interface, and social interactivity
  • describe the history and nature of serious games and compares statistics, market and economical models of serious games
  • identify three different levels of learning processes in serious games
  • identify steps in a game adoption model for educators.

Selected Readings

Required

  • Chapters 2, 3, 4, and 15  from:
    Ma, M., Oikonomou, A., & Jain, L. C. (2011). Serious games and edutainment applications. London: Springer.
    Download (PDF, 10.9 MB)

Recommended:

  • None

“To Do” List

Learning Log

My Adoption Plan

In Chapter 15, Novak and Nackerurd proposes an adoption model for educators: RCIPR model. If you are to use this adoption model to incorporate serious games into your classroom, please describe briefly what you will do for each aspect: Research, Choose, Investigate, Pilot, and Reflect. In your log, please identify grade level and subject area.

This learning log entry should be 250-300 words, should answer all parts of the prompt and should incorporate evidence from this module’s content. Compose your log entry in M.S. Word and paste it onto a Weebly page. Post your Weebly page (URL) onto the corresponding link inside Moodle before 11:59 p.m. U.S. EST/EDT on the next Monday.

Submission Example: Module 14: My Adoption Plan

Project

Part 5: Require Learner Participation

Please read the Project: Educational Game in the Classroom page for details about this assignment. 

Due Dates

To guide you through the whole process, six parts aligned with the ASSURE model are created. The due date for each part is listed below.

  • Project, Part 5: Require Learner Participation (Due on the 1st day of Module 15)
  • Project, Part 6: Evaluate and Revise (Due on the 1st Monday after Module 15)
    You can view the exact due dates on the Course Schedule page.