Game Design for Teaching and Learning

The Game Design for Teaching and Learning course aims to explore the innovative potential of game design principles in educational settings

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June 9, 2024
June 15, 2024
1 Week


Milan, MI Italy   View map


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Game Design for Teaching and Learning

Course Motivation:

The Game Design for Teaching and Learning course aims to explore the innovative potential of game design principles in educational settings. By merging the engaging nature of games with effective teaching strategies, this course seeks to equip participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to create immersive learning experiences that can enhance student engagement and academic outcomes.

Course Description:

This 7-day training program delves into the world of game design as a powerful tool for teaching and learning. Participants will gain a comprehensive understanding of the key elements of game design and how they can be effectively applied in educational contexts. The course will cover various aspects of game design theory, game mechanics, storytelling, level design, user experience, and assessment methods.

Teaching Method:

The course will employ a combination of lectures, interactive workshops, group discussions, and practical exercises. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on activities to apply the principles they learn and receive constructive feedback from instructors and peers. Additionally, the course will feature guest seminars by industry experts and renowned academics in the field of game design and education.

Course Objectives:

  1. Understand the fundamental principles and theories of game design.
  2. Explore the application of game design techniques in educational settings.
  3. Learn how to integrate game mechanics and elements into the curriculum.
  4. Develop storytelling skills to create compelling educational narratives.
  5. Gain proficiency in level design and user experience for educational games.
  6. Explore methods for assessing learning outcomes in game-based environments.
  7. Foster creativity and critical thinking through game-based learning approaches.

Course Schedule:

Day 1:

  • Introduction to Game Design for Teaching and Learning
  • Theories and Principles of Game Design
  • Gamification vs. Game-based Learning

Day 2:

  • Game Mechanics and Dynamics
  • Creating Engaging Learning Objectives
  • Workshop: Designing Game Mechanics for Educational Purposes

Day 3:

  • Storytelling and Narrative Design
  • Integrating Narratives into Educational Games
  • Guest Seminar: The Art of Game Narratives in Education

Day 4:

  • Level Design and Progression
  • Designing Meaningful Challenges
  • Workshop: Constructing Levels for Educational Games

Day 5:

  • User Experience and Interface Design
  • Enhancing Learner Engagement
  • Guest Seminar: UX Design in Educational Games

Day 6:

  • Assessment and Feedback in Game-based Learning
  • Measuring Learning Outcomes
  • Workshop: Designing Assessment Methods for Educational Games

Day 7:

  • Game Prototyping and Playtesting
  • Iterative Design Process
  • Showcasing Participant Projects

Future Developments and Potential Risks: Looking ahead, the future of game design for teaching and learning holds immense promise. By leveraging emerging technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality, and artificial intelligence, educational games can become even more immersive and personalized. These advancements have the potential to revolutionize the way students learn, making education more engaging, interactive, and adaptive.

However, there are risks associated with the future of game-based learning if government guidelines and policies fail to adapt. Privacy concerns, ethical considerations, and the digital divide are some of the challenges that need to be addressed to ensure equitable access and responsible implementation of game-based learning. It is crucial for governments to provide appropriate support, regulations, and guidelines to harness the full potential of game design for teaching and learning while mitigating associated risks.

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Our courses are dedicated to teachers and professors who are eager to improve their skills. We recognize the importance of continuous learning and professional growth. We are committed to offering innovative, high-quality training programs that enable teachers to develop new pedagogical tools, access new teaching methodologies, and explore the latest educational trends.


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