Assignments & Grading

All assignments and projects for the course will be submitted via the class wiki site. All students should receive an email invitation to the wiki site before the first class, and how to use the wiki will be discussed during the first class session.

Reading/Gaming Journals

Posted to the wiki site, these will be reflections on each week’s reading as well as reflections on any video or computer games examined during that week. Each section of the reading also includes a set of reflection questions for the journal/blog entries. Journal entries are due at each class session (starting with class two), totaling three entries, with the fourth entry being extra credit.

Entertainment Video Game Review

Pick an ‘entertainment’ video or computer game (your choice, but long, complex games are preferable) to examine, and create a wiki entry for that game, detailing how the game itself is played, any principles of learning involved, specific content learned from playing, as well as a review of the gaming community involved with that particular game. This project is due at the third class session, and will be presented to a small group of other students.

Educational Video Game Review

Pick an ‘educational’ video or computer game to examine, and create a wiki entry for that game, detailing how the game itself is played, any principles of learning involved, and specific content learned (or practiced) from playing. This project is due at the fourth class session, and will be presented to a small group of other students.

Learning Environment Design Project

An individual or small group project due on the final class session. Each group will select one principle of learning present in video and computer games and design in-class content area activities or environments incorporating that learning principle. Each group will create a wiki page for their project, as well as present in class on the final class session.

Assignment
Points
Reading Journal Entries (3)
15 (5 each)
Entertainment Video Game Review
20
Educational Video Game Review
20
Learning Environment Design Project
30
Class participation and attendance
10
Total
95
Extra Credit Reading Journal Entry #4
5

Grades (%)
A
93-100
A-
90-92
B+
88-89
B
83-87
B-
80-82
C+
78-79
C
73-77
C-
70-72
D
60-69
F
Below 60
Grade Calculator
Reading Journal Entries Game Review Assignments Learning Environment Project Attendance & Participation
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Extra Credit
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Plagiarism Policy

If you use material you have found online, you are expected to acknowledge the source and, in the case of text, paraphrase as appropriate. If you use another writer’s words, you must put those words in quotation marks (or use block quote formatting) and formally cite where they came from. If you cut and paste text or any other material without crediting your source, you are plagiarizing. Plagiarism is unethical and can lead to a failing grade.

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