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EDUC 602. Videogames, Learning and School Design

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: none

Why are videogames fun?  Why do so many students think that school isn't fun?  The answers are not as obvious as you might think.  Good games draw you in, teach you how to succeed, and keep you engaged with a "just right" level of challenge.  Most importantly, players learn while playing a well-designed game.  Why isn't school like that?  This class takes a close look at videogames, a close look at education, and considers ways that each can be improved to maximize learning and performance.  Core topics include motivation, engagement, learning theories, and learning environment design.

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