Practical, appropriate, empirically-validated guidelines for designing educational games

Linehan, Conor and Kirman, Ben and Lawson, Shaun and Chan, Gail G. (2011) Practical, appropriate, empirically-validated guidelines for designing educational games. In: 2011 ACM Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, May 7-12, 2011, Vancouver, Canada.

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Abstract

There has recently been a great deal of interest in the
potential of computer games to function as innovative
educational tools. However, there is very little evidence of
games fulfilling that potential. Indeed, the process of
merging the disparate goals of education and games design
appears problematic, and there are currently no practical
guidelines for how to do so in a coherent manner. In this
paper, we describe the successful, empirically validated
teaching methods developed by behavioural psychologists
and point out how they are uniquely suited to take
advantage of the benefits that games offer to education. We
conclude by proposing some practical steps for designing
educational games, based on the techniques of Applied
Behaviour Analysis. It is intended that this paper can both
focus educational games designers on the features of games
that are genuinely useful for education, and also introduce a
successful form of teaching that this audience may not yet
be familiar with.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords:Serious Games, education, educational games, psychology, games, Applied Behavior Analysis, Practical, Appropriate
Subjects:G Mathematical and Computer Sciences > G440 Human-computer Interaction
X Education > X990 Education not elsewhere classified
C Biological Sciences > C810 Applied Psychology
Divisions:College of Science > School of Computer Science
ID Code:4475
Deposited By: Conor Linehan
Deposited On:17 May 2011 10:09
Last Modified:04 Dec 2013 16:06

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