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Friday, July 10 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Playing at School: A Strategic Discussion on the Evolving Role of Game Mechanics in Curriculum & Assessment

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Playing at School: A Strategic Discussion on the Evolving Role of Game Mechanics in Curriculum & Assessment
Stephen Slota, Trent Hergenrader, Sasha Barab, Jennifer Killham, Denise Bressler, Roger Travis, Remi Holden

In our (2012) Review of Educational Research meta-analysis, we (Young et al.) recommended that games and learning researchers consider how individual differences in player skills and goals adopted "in the moment" affect play and learning. Our primary concern was that averaging across the play experiences of many learners (e.g., a classroom full) may mask entirely game-based instruction's impact on individual student learning outcomes. As a next step, we seek to engage the GLS community in service of defining how: 1) game designers and researchers might take a more deeply situated view of thinking, play, and learning; 2) associated research methods can be shifted away from the traditional group comparison, mean difference view; and 3) games can be designed around goal adoption and fulfillment in playful spaces.

In this moderated panel session, GBL designers and researchers from across the country will strategically discuss issues of player goal emergence, complex player-game-environment interactions, and how games/game mechanics can and should be leveraged across education during the next decade. It is our hope that it will be a great first step toward finding our GBL princess in the right Koopa-guarded castle.


Speakers
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Sasha Barab

Tempe, Arizona, USA, Arizona State University
My work involves the seamless integration of bounded games (where players can fail safely, receive embedded assessment, and have consequentiality in the confines of a fictional world) and larger, flexible 'meta-game' structures and affinity spaces that foster user-driven extensions and adaptations in support of real-world goals ad outcomes.
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Remi Holden

GLS Playful Learning Summit Co-Chair, University of Colorado Denver
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Stephen Slota

Co-Founder, The Pericles Group, LLC
Steve (@steveslota) is an instructional design specialist and game design scientist at the University of Connecticut Health Center and a co-founder of The Pericles Group, LLC. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology: Cognition, Instruction, & Learning Technologies and has worked on a variety of game and instructional design projects with organizations including Arizona State University's Center for Games & Impact, Intel Corporation, and... Read More →
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Roger Travis

Storrs, CT, US, University of Connecticut, and The Pericles Group, LLC
Only connect: ancient epic to video games; teacher to student; gamer to gamer; fan to fan; parent to child; human being to human being.


Friday July 10, 2015 10:30am - 11:30am
Inn Wisconsin

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