Video Games and Learning

The second annual Games, Learning & Society conference is taking place June 15-16 in Madison, Wisconsin. The conference aims to foster substantive discussion about how video games can enhance learning, culture and education.

I’ve often thought about the lessons that video game designers might teach us designers of educational software, with some degree of envy (“if only our software could be that motivating!”) and some degree of skepticism (“could there ever be a school-relevant equivalent of Madden Football”?). The simple fact that folks love to play video games is enough reason to borrow some lessons in the design of educational software.

But, aside from my own first-hand experiences with video games and occasional glimpses inside the gaming industry (like Randy Pausch’s Academic’s Field Guide to Electronic Arts), what those game designers do has remained a mystery to me. Maybe the folks at GLS will figure it out.

posted January 26, 2006 by matt

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