Video Games and Learning

ImageIn addition to coding, I’ve also recently enrolled in the Coursera class, Video Games and Learning, taught by husband and wife team, Constance Steinkuehler and Kurt Squire, of the University of Wisconsin, Madison. I encourage you to go and check it out if you are interested in how games work in education – or even if you are just interested in games and want some insight into what makes them tick.

They do an excellent job pedagogically of setting up each ‘class’ as a series of short lecture snip-its and self-descriptive powerpoint presentations. As a teacher, I think I can learn a lot just from observing their methods.

A lot of the first-day material is very similar to Kevin Werbach’s gamification course also offered on Coursera, and I believe that in the end, this courses will go together very well in promoting a well thought out investigation into what we like about games and how we can use this knowledge to build games that guide us towards a specific goal (building better educational games, getting consumers to buy into a brand through gamification of a website or app or just having a game that doesn’t get boring too fast.)

Let me know if you are interested in joining me for any of these courses. And, remember, they’re free to take. No obligation at all, if you don’t like it, unenroll or just stop going.


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