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Learning Environment Design Project

Due 8/15 - 6:00pm
30 points

An individual or small group project due on the final class session. Each group will select a 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.

Specific Assignment Details

  1. The activity, lesson plan, curriculum materials, or environment you design does not need to include actual video games: It can incorporate 'entertainment' or 'educational' video games, game-based activities, or non-game activities. Here are a few examples of the general format your project might take:
    • Create a (content-area) lesson plan involving students playing an entertainment or educational video game in addition to other in-class activities.
    • Create an educational game-based (non-video game) activity around some content-area topic.
    • Adapt a classroom activity (e.g. a lab, debate, group project, report, presentation, role-playing activity, etc.) to specifically incorporate one or more of the Principles of Learning found in video games.
  2. Your project must incorporate one or more of the Principles of Learning found in video games, as described by James Paul Gee in What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy.
  3. Your project should be detailed enough that another educator could immediately make use of it.
  4. The project should include the following elements:
  • (10 points) A description of the specific Principle(s) of Learning you are incorporating, selected from the Principles of Learning described by James Paul Gee.
  • (10 points) Specific (content area) learning objectives. What do you want the students to accomplish? Note: learning objectives should be directly measurable.
  • (10 points) All necessary supplemental resources (e.g. websites, worksheets, game instructions, tokens, etc.) that would enable another educator to be able to immediately make use of your project.

Submitting The Assignment

Here are the steps for submitting the Learning Environment Design Project:
  1. Create a new wiki page. After logging into the wiki site, click on the 'plus' symbol next to 'Pages and Files' at the top left of the page.
  2. Name the new page something appropriate.
  3. Once you are finished with the wiki page, add a link to it at the bottom of this page:
  4. Click on the 'Edit' button at the top right of this page.
  5. Add your project to the list of Learning Environment Design Projects at the bottom of this page.
  6. Highlight the text, and click on the 'Link' button on the toolbar.
  7. Find your wiki page on the popup menu, and click 'Add Link'.
  8. Save your change to this page.

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