Using video games to teach
DeKALB – Imagine taking classes by video game. You wouldn’t try to get to the next level or beat the game just for the fun of it, you would do it to ace a test and pass a class.
Researchers are harnessing the motivation to play and win video games to actually teach new and challenging concepts to learners of all ages. At the next STEM Cafe, Northern Illinois University experts Aline Click and Brianno Coller will discuss the success they have had in using video games as a vehicle for learning. The program “Get Your Learn on Like Donkey Kong: Gaming to Engage Your Mind” will take place Wednesday, June 19, at Eduardo’s restaurant in DeKalb. It is free and open to the public. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from Eduardo’s.
Click is the director of eLearning Services and the Digital Convergence Lab (DCL). Her section of the presentation will focus on DCL’s video game camp for girls and her current research, which describes the connections she has observed between learning and game design in the camps.
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