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EDU 605 - Teaching with Games: Theory and Practice

Teaching with Games: Theory and Practice is a graduate level course that will explore both theoretical and practical aspects of using games (broadly defined) for powerful classroom learning. Topics will include the definition and range of educational games; theories of what makes a game effective and promotes serious learning; a review of some existing, popular games in various game genres and subject matter at different grade levels; assessment practices regarding learning with games; and game creation. The course will also explore other practical aspects of game usage such as how to “pitch” the use of games to various stakeholders and how to adapt existing or create new games to fit particular learning circumstances and course offerings. To the extent possible, the course will provide instruction tailored to the needs and experiences of registered students in the class. Assignments will include texts, articles, and videos from acknowledged leaders in the field and will also require various student presentations including in video format.



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