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A Participatory Approach to Redesigning Games for Educational Purposes

Savvani, Stamatia and Liapis, Antonios (2019) A Participatory Approach to Redesigning Games for Educational Purposes. In: Games and Learning Alliance 8th International Conference, GALA 2019, November 27–29, 2019, Athens, Greece. (In Press)

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Abstract

Even though games designed for educational purposes can be motivating, they usually shelter dated pedagogies, passive learning procedures, and often overlook learners' creativity. In an effort to reinforce the active participation of learners in games, this paper presents a participatory process in which students and teachers are involved in game design. The proposed process concerns redesigning existing commercial games into educational ones and includes establishing the learning goals, identifying appropriate commercial games, adapting the rules and context, crafting and playtesting the game. Using language learning as one application of this process, the paper presents how three well-known tabletop games were redesigned in a foreign language classroom with elementary and intermediate English language learners. The benefits that underlie the process concern students' active participation, boosting their problem-solving skills, and engaging them in creative learning.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Published Proceedings: Liapis, A., Yannakakis, G.N., Gentile, M., Ninaus, M. (Eds.) Games and Learning Alliance 8th International Conference, GALA 2019, Athens, Greece, November 27–29, 2019,
Uncontrolled Keywords: Game-Based Language Learning; Student-Centered Pedagogies; Participatory Design; Creativity in Education; Tabletop Games
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
Depositing User: Stamatia Savvani
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2019 11:27
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2019 11:35
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/25928

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