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Abstract Title: Computer games and learning: The power of analogy
Abstract: If we throw students into an academic learning environment that has been designed on the basis of "good" computer game design, how can we help them to recognize and cope with the fact that they are no longer in a traditional academic setting? We will present the "expertise activity" that we implement at the beginning of every new physics class. We ask students to identify a field of expertise outside of their academic life. Computer gaming is frequently identified by students. We ask them to describe a learning cycle that they can show the rest of the class to describe how to become an expert in gaming. We will present qualitative data showing the productive learning attitudes that students activate when learning is placed in the context of computer games. We will discuss the power of having students construct analogies using source domains with which they are familiar.
Abstract Type: Symposium Poster
Targeted Session: Game-Based and Game-Informed Approaches to Physics Instruction

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: David Brookes
Florida International University
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Yuhfen Lin