Re-purposing existing generic games and simulations for e-learning

D. Burgos Solans*, Colin Tattersall, Rob Koper

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    Abstract

    There is a growing interest among teachers in using games as a part of their lesson plans. A standardised, interoperable approach to the sharing of such game-based lesson plans would allow teachers and educational technologists to compare and contrast Digital Game Based Learning scenarios, allowing best practices and lessons learned to emerge. Although games can be used as ‘add-ons’ in educational contexts, greater benefits can be attained by integrating games more fully into the educational process, i.e. by repurposing existing games to target the specific learning objectives. In this article we analyse this problem. We developed two possible solutions based on the integration and the interaction of games and learning scenarios. The first solution is based on ‘pedagogical wrappers’, where games are linked to e-learning flows but without interaction and communication. The second solution sees a tighter integration which supports ongoing interaction and communication between game and e-learning flow. We applied both solutions to a generic game. This game was firstly programmed in Action Script and later re-used for learning purposes and represented in IMS Learning Design. We analysed the pros and cons of each solution and identify research topics for further research.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2656-2667
    Number of pages12
    JournalComputers in Human Behavior
    Volume23
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2007

    Keywords

    • Re-use
    • Game
    • Simulation
    • Re-purpose
    • e-learning
    • IMS Learning Design
    • Unit of Learning

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