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Wednesday, August 17 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Language, History and Place

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Landscape Analysis of Second Language Learning Games

Abstract: Games have the opportunity to provide language learners rich multimodal environments that ground language learning in a situated context. There are now a wide variety of second language learning games in a number of languages for different audiences. In this paper, we examine 68 games across different platforms to evaluate their approaches to pedagogy, proficiency, assessment, skills developed, and complexity. We describe our data collection and analysis procedures and then summarize the major trends in these areas. We found that most games take a didactic pedagogical approach, are targeted toward novices, incorporate assessment systems, focus on vocabulary development, and that average internal rating did not increase with the complexity of the learning within the game. The goal of this analysis is to inform and contextualize future potential efforts in this particular domain.

New Design Principles for Mobile History
Owen Gottlieb

This study draws on design-based research on an ARIS – based mobile augmented reality game for teaching early 20th century history. New design principles derived from the study include the use of supra-reveals, and bias mirroring. Supra-reveals are a kind of foreshadowing event in order to ground historical happenings in the wider enduring historical understanding. Bias mirroring refers to a non-player character echoing back a player’s biased behavior, in order to open the player to listening to alternative perspectives. Supra-reveals engendered discussion of historical themes early in the game experience. The results showed that use of a cluster of NPC bias mirroring techniques enhanced student ability to articulate points of view previously unavailable to them.

[Game]: The Death and Life of an AR game curriculum
Holden, Sykes, Thorne

Back in 2009, two of the authors began work on [Game], a design-based research project and game-based curriculum. Several years later, Mentira is gone. In many ways, we would say the project has failed. Looking back, it turns out that success and failure of design-based research (DBR) projects are not as simple as they seem. The metrics and mechanisms of academics do not represent much of the multifaceted lives and deaths of DBR projects. In particular, without work outside academia, it is doubtful that any such project can go from idiosyncratic experiment to meaningful effect on education. In this article, we revisit some of what went wrong in our project and where the silver linings are. We look at why [Game] died and what lives on in its place, with advice for other DBRtists, practitioners, and scholars of educational technology.


Ardeshir Geranpayeh

Cambridge University
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Owen Gottlieb

Faculty, RIT MAGIC Center
Owen Gottlieb, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Interactive Games and Media at RIT. He is the the founder and lead researcher at the Initiative in Religion, Culture, and Policy at the RIT Center for Media, Arts, Games, Interaction, and Creativity (MAGIC) magic.rit.edu/rcp Jewish... Read More →

Sam Graue-Landis

Madison, WI, United States, University of Wisconsin - Madison
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Chris Holden

Associate Professor, University of New Mexico
Christopher Holden is an Associate Professor at the Honors College of the University of New Mexico. His PhD is in number theory, but his current research focuses on place based game design for learning. He has been doing this since 2006, originally using MIT’s Outdoor AR Engine... Read More →
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Anna Jordan-Douglass

Chief Creative Officer, Makefully

Anna Lloyd

Cambridge University

Andrew Nye

Cambridge University

Primproud Sarasin

Madison, WI, United States, University of Wisconsin - Madison
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Jenny Saucerman

Madison, WI, United States, University of Wisconsin - Madison
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Constance Steinkuehler

Chair, Games+Learning+Society Conference
Constance Steinkuehler is a Professor in Digital Media at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Co-Director of the Games+Learning+Society (GLS) center at the Wisconsin Institute of Discovery, and Chair of their annual GLS Conference. She currently serves as President of the Higher... Read More →
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Julie Sykes

Director / Courtesy Assistant Professor, Center for Applied Second Language Studies, University of Oregon

Steven Thorne

Portland State University

Wednesday August 17, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
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