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2010-03-02 We Are The Network: An Exploration of Game-Based Education

March 1st, 2010

An Exploration of Game-Based Education

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This Tuesday, Mar 2, at the Epoch Institute in Second Life

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This Week’s Topic

An Exploration of Game-Based Education

The incorporation of game-like elements have started to become more common in educational settings, as well as in business. The typical reason for these additions have been to increase “engagement” and interest. In some cases there are clearly documented improvements in objective results.

In this session we will explore common game-based approaches, find out how game-based curricula and approaches can enhance education, and discover situations where game-based learning may be ineffective or even counter-productive.

… I wonder if I put up a leaderboard and keep track of points for number of comments in the discussion whether it will further enhance the depth and quality of the discussion? (kidding… sort of?)

Join us Tuesday at 12PM noon SL, and thanks for being part of “We Are The Network”!

Best regards,


Reading links below – have fun and see you soon!

DICE 2010: “Design Outside the Box” Presentation (28:19) by Carnegie Mellon University Professor, Jesse Schell. This video is from a presentation at a game design conference, but the content parallels much of the discussion in both business and academic circles about the “game-ification of everything”

A mind-blowing fact from his presentation (early on) is that there are more Farmville players than the total count of Twitter accounts! (hint: We’re talking several million people here!)

Game Education Summit Europe 2010

3rd European Conference on Games Based Learning (ECGBL 2009)

Carnegie Mellon Game Education Summit site

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Please Note – Mixed Text and Voice Session:

We Are The Network is an open, mixed voice / text discussion session. Please feel free to participate in voice or in text, to your preference. The facilitator and some participants will be using voice, so you may wish to enable voice in your viewer so that you can hear the voice portions of the session.

To enable voice, choose Preferences from the Edit menu, click the “Voice Chat” tab along the left of the form, and then make sure that “Enable voice chat” is checked. Again, speaking is not required for this session, however if you do not enable voice, and use speakers or headphones, you will not be able to hear part of the discussion.

Thanks for attending!

Joel Foner (Second Life: Joel Savard)


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