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Friday, June 20 • 8:30am - 9:20am
CON9.04 – Game-Based Learning (Room A236)

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Game-based learning is currently a hot topic intended to motivate students who are not engaged in a traditional classroom to become engaged with learning material that involves playing a game.  Many departments at Humber want to try some form of game-based learning, yet they lack the skills necessary to design and implement games themselves.  We will demonstrate how we are approaching this problem and outline the projects we currently have in progress.  We will run an interactive workshop to help participants develop games they can use to teach their own material.  We will provide feedback on the suitability of the games as well as the resources necessary to build the games.

We are in the Game Programming advanced diploma at Humber College and train students to build computer games.  The diploma requires that the students produce a game for their capstone project.  While some of our students have well-developed ideas of a game they want to build, other students have poorly conceived ideas that will not be suitable for the capstone project.  We are assigning these students to work on a series of educational games that we have devised within our department as well as game ideas across the college. 

When the words educational games are mentioned, our students flee.  This is based on having seen educational games on the internet that are often some form of glorified flash cards.  The game programming students see these games as boring to play and not exciting to build.  We believe that a game has to be fun as well as educational.  We also believe that the skills being conveyed should be a natural part of the game and should not be overly contrived.

We currently have three game-based learning projects in production.  All of these games can be extended by adding levels or capabilities so that these projects can continue over a period of years. Participants will learn more about these games and reflect on their suitability for different disciplines.

Friday June 20, 2014 8:30am - 9:20am EDT
A236 McArthur Hall

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