Digital Game-based Learning: A Retrospective

Tempus fugit – Doesn’t time fly when you are having fun? After a 12 week tournament that is the “Digital Game-based Learning” module. All good things must eventually come to a full stop. Whilst we have been reading, writing and debating about the “serious” business of games, gaming and play; more importantly, we have also […]

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Videogames: A moral panic?

When I started the “Introduction to Digital Game-based Learning” module back in January 2009, I kept a special Diigo list for all of the gaming articles that I either came across or were suggested by my peers on the course. As you can see by the rather extensive bibliography at the end of the post, […]

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The 36 Steps

I have finally finished reading James Paul Gee‘s “What Video Games Have To Teach Us About Learning And Literacy” where Gee gives an inspirational treatise on how the Education sector can look to the principles and methods employed by the games industry to get people playing their computer / video games and how the players […]

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Crystal gazing, GUIs and making computer games fun

Last week, I read a couple of fascinating papers from the early 1980s by Thomas MaloneĀ (formerly a research scientist at Xerox PARC, but now the Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management) who put forward a “set of heuristics or guidelines for designers of instructional computer games” (Malone, 1980, […]

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All work and no play?

Although I have been keeping up with my course readings, writing regular posts into my blog and doing a spot of game creation using Google Earth, this course has given me an opportunity, or is that licence?, to reacquaint myself with computing / video / arcade games that I haven’t really touched since my very […]

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Step forward Team 2…

As part of the “Introduction to Digital Game-based Learning”, this semester’s cohort have been made up of 4 teams of 6 people who will work together as a team to either construct game-based tasks (for others to participate in) or take part in game-based tasks that have been given to us, as well as giving […]

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Digital Natives Revisited

As a results of the “introduction to digital environments for learning” (IDEL) module and the research that I have been doing around the topic of digital literacy; I have crossed Marc Prensky’s path many times over; he should also add agent provocateur to his list of roles. It started with my IDEL essay called “Bridging […]

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