Gamification in education articles
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Until this point, we have made lots of games and game rules, but at no point have we examined what makes a good rule from a bad one. Nor have we really examined the different kinds of rules that form a game designer’s palette. Nor have we talked about the relationship between the game rules and the player experience. These are the things we examine today. Course Announcements No major announcements today, but for your curiosity I did compile a list of tweets for the last challenge (add or change a rule to Battleship to make it more interesting):
Content Design Patterns for Game-Based Learning (2155-6849)(2155-6857): Dennis Maciuszek, Sebastian Ladhoff, Alke Martens: Journal ArticlesTo address the lack of documented best practices in the development of digital educational games, the authors have previously proposed a reference software architecture. One of its components is the rule system specifying learning and gameplay content. It contains quest, player character, non-player character, environment, and item rules. Documented content design patterns can assist in the authoring of such rules. This paper reports on four studies that have collected quest, character, environment, and item design patterns by analysing a variety of media. A selection of the results is presented, as well as a discussion of how the patterns can be used in designing educational game content.
8 Mechanics from the Tech Crunch Panel on Social Gaming and Virtual Goods Here are 8 of the game mechanics the panel talked about: 1) Hero Effect Dynamic 2) Status & Ego/Pavolivan Mechanics 3) Social and Community Dynamic. Social layer (comparison via scoring) & participation in something larger [mostly in Facebook & social-mobile games] 4) Farmville Harvest Mechanic 5) Challenge Mechanic 6) Badges & Rewards & virtual goods/currency (progress bars & leveling up) 7) Music (and identity) Dynamic 8] The experience of augmented reality (specific type of mobile games) 9) Leaderboards (I don’t think they actually highlighted this one, but its worht nothing) “ 7 Ways Games Reward the Brain ” is a an interesting TED talk on the topic by Tom Chatfield. Brett Bixler, Instructional Designer at Penn State and Evangelist for their Education Gaming Commons, believes there are 5 ways this applies to learning : 1.
Indiana University, Bloomington Department of Telecommunications T366: Multiplayer Game Design Section 13353 Spring 2010 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Description Focus is on massively-multiplayer online games and virtual worlds. Students will be introduced to the design elements and production requirements necessary to create and maintain online games.
Sarah "Intellagirl" Smith-Robbins ( email@example.com ) is Director of Emerging Technologies and a faculty member at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. With this issue of EDUCAUSE Review , she begins a one-year term as Editor of the New Horizons department.