Design and Development of Games for Learning

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The field of learning games is rapidly growing, with interest from academics, publishers, schools and startups. But what makes a good learning game? Where do ideas come from and how do you create them? These are the questions that this course tries to answer.

The premise of learning games from some perspectives seems like a perfect and easy solution - get people to learn things they don’t want to by motivating them through game play. To others it seems like an oxymoron - if learning is hard then it can’t possibly be fun at the same time. The key to designing good learning games is to reconcile these perspectives by creating games that focus on creating environments based on “hard fun.” This idea will be a central tenet of this course.

Through six units comprising nine weeks, we will look at the evolution of educational video games and hear from experts working on many aspects of learning games from design to development to impl...

The field of learning games is rapidly growing, with interest from academics, publishers, schools and startups. But what makes a good learning game? Where do ideas come from and how do you create them? These are the questions that this course tries to answer.

The premise of learning games from some perspectives seems like a perfect and easy solution - get people to learn things they don’t want to by motivating them through game play. To others it seems like an oxymoron - if learning is hard then it can’t possibly be fun at the same time. The key to designing good learning games is to reconcile these perspectives by creating games that focus on creating environments based on “hard fun.” This idea will be a central tenet of this course.

Through six units comprising nine weeks, we will look at the evolution of educational video games and hear from experts working on many aspects of learning games from design to development to implementation. For the course project, participants will create their own learning game. This course utilizes Gameblox, a game editor that uses a block based programming language to allow anyone to create games.

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This course if so much FUN! I am very excited by this interdisciplinary learning experience. I have (virtually) met many interesting people and seen even more interesting projects in making and that was extraordinary and so inspiring! The whole course design is pure genius and just to name a few pluses: - you get access to rich and high quality resources (videos, readings, tools, working groups, live events) - the assignments are well thought through to engage tech and non tech participants - feedback works really well - great structure and vitality of discussion forum - very appreciated freedom to select only activities you most benefit from or enjoy and still succeed (no slacking) - freedom to choose when to work on the assignments (no firm weekly deadlines) - and what is most important for me - you immediately apply everything you learn - you can see yourself getting better and more capable every week - and at the end of it - ... This course if so much FUN! I am very excited by this interdisciplinary learning experience. I have (virtually) met many interesting people and seen even more interesting projects in making and that was extraordinary and so inspiring! The whole course design is pure genius and just to name a few pluses: - you get access to rich and high quality resources (videos, readings, tools, working groups, live events) - the assignments are well thought through to engage tech and non tech participants - feedback works really well - great structure and vitality of discussion forum - very appreciated freedom to select only activities you most benefit from or enjoy and still succeed (no slacking) - freedom to choose when to work on the assignments (no firm weekly deadlines) - and what is most important for me - you immediately apply everything you learn - you can see yourself getting better and more capable every week - and at the end of it - you have made a game! - and your game is so much better because of this course (comparing to a hypothetical game I would have developed alone .... or no game - more likely outcome without the course) Thank you, Eric, Jason, Scot, Paul and Liz! PS - I plan to sign up for any other offering from this team of instructors in the future.
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