My proposal for “Game Based Learning and Serious Play: Examining Opportunities and Trends at the Games for Change Festival, Different Games Conference and SUNY Conference on Instructional Technology”, has been accepted as a poster session for the 2013 Empire State College Fall Academic Conference. My session is scheduled for Thursday, 10/24, from 3:30-5:15 in Win/Place/Show at the Holiday Inn in Saratoga Springs.
This poster is intended to report back to the faculty on information about trends, theories and practices in the use of games for education obtained through attendance at The Games for Change Festival (G4C), the Different Games Conference, and the SUNY Conference on Instructional Technology (CIT). This poster will highlight the use of games for education that relate to andragogy that were presented by industry leaders and educational researchers at these conferences.
The average age of the gaming population is quickly aligning with the average age of an Empire State College student. The majority of gamers are older than popular conception and there are roughly equal numbers of male and female gamers. Games are becoming infused in popular culture and have been the subject of several art museum exhibitions.
Opportunities exist for including game-based learning and serious play in all of the types of studies offered by Empire State College. Game-based learning can increase student engagement and be applied to students with a variety of learning styles.
This poster will include background information on game player demographics, types of games played, a summary of current game culture and diversity issues and trends, and a discussion of how games and serious play can benefit learning and adult education.
The poster will include a list of specific games and free game authoring tools that can be used as part of course instructional activities. Sample games and game authoring tools that were featured at these conferences will be available for play and review on one or more laptops. A web site with resource and supplemental information will be created.