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Thursday, July 9 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Landscape & Geography

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Evaluating Geography as Game Aesthetics for Engagement
Diali Gupta, Beaumie Kim

There has been a growing interest over aesthetics in games for motivation and engagement of learners. We have previously argued how game aesthetics stimulate learners’ critical thinking skills and proposed that aesthetics be considered for evaluation of digital games. Building further upon the notion we dwell on geography as an aesthetical element of games. Analyzing three distinctive games (a digital game, a board game and a game-based learning environment), we illustrate how geography of a game may reveal the core learning concepts and provide complexities for deeper engagement. It is often difficult for teachers to assess the aesthetic values of games that are not content specific. Our working example offers ways to establish and analyze the pedagogy. Using three different examples we elucidate how the social, cultural and physical landscapes of a game provide a socio-cultural context for the learners to understand the content or subject presented through the game.

Space for Making...Games and Landscape
Christopher Marlow

Exploring the Use of a Location-Based iPad Augmented Reality Game for Elementary History Education
Julie Oltman, Thomas Hammond

This study explored the design and use of an augmented reality, location-based, iPad game, created with the ARIS platform, to enhance the learning experience of young elementary history students. Specifically, this study measured students’ flow rates, learning outcomes, and attitudes along with teacher opinions. Data sources included observation, teacher and student interviews, class debrief sessions, teacher-created assessment tools, and surveys.

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David Gagnon

Director, Field Day Lab, University of Wisconsin - Madison
I have a sweet spot for directing small design teams to approach big challenges. I like thinking and making real world products that are inspired by all the cool stuff kids like these days. I love seeing other people find themselves by making something new. I also am a bit of a baking addict, still trying to nail the traditional sour dough baguette in a wood fired oven.


Diali Gupta

Calgary, Alberta, Canada, University of Calgary

Beaumie Kim

Associate Professor, University of Calgary
Beaumie Kim is an associate professor and chair of the Learning Sciences at the Werklund School of Education. She worked previously at the Learning Sciences Group in Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, as well as NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Future program in Wheeling Jesuit University. Her research is focused on students' constructing their own understanding using gaming, modeling and visualization tools for learning. Her work is... Read More →
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Julie Oltman

Doctoral Student, Lehigh University
Julie Oltman is a PhD candidate in the Teaching, Learning, & Technology program at Lehigh University. She has an M.S. degree in Kinesiology and B.A. degree in English, both from the University of New Hampshire. In addition to her doctoral studies, she works as the Assistant Athletic Director for Technology at Lehigh University. Her research interests include digital mobile learning, game-based learning, and elementary social studies education.

Thursday July 9, 2015 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Class of '24

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