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Games and Simulations for Learning

Posted on | September 2, 2008 | No Comments

That’s the name of the course I’ll be teaching this semester at UB. It’s brand-new, so it doesn’t have a description yet.

I think games are a great way to learn, but you have to design them carefully, especially if you want to do something more sophisticated than a “Jeopardy” type of memorization. I abhor the games you sometimes see in training, such as crosswords, or word search, where you circle the words as you find them in a scrambled letter grid.

And my fundamental principle is that learning occurs when the student interacts with the material, NOT with the interface.


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