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Proof of Learning: Assessment in Serious Games

'Serious games', like every other tool of education, must be able to show that the necessary learning has occurred, and Chen and Michael's article discusses how games that teach, from firefighting to business simulations, can demonstrate success.
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Three Awesome Educational Games Hiding in Plain Sight

Three Awesome Educational Games Hiding in Plain Sight | Games: Serious and Social | Scoop.it
Never Alone, Elegy for a Dead World and Valiant Hearts are powerfully educational because they're so enjoyable to play.
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Examples of games that may not have been designed with a "serious" intent but which can be used for learning.

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Prizewinning Educational Games from the Nobel Foundation

Prizewinning Educational Games from the Nobel Foundation | Games: Serious and Social | Scoop.it
The Nobel Foundation has branched out into creating educational games related to the hard work done by Nobel Prize winners.
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Carolyn Scott’s Storybox Adventure Launched, Engaging Young People In Global Problem Solving | SERIOUS GAMES MARKET

Carolyn Scott’s Storybox Adventure Launched, Engaging Young People In Global Problem Solving | SERIOUS GAMES MARKET | Games: Serious and Social | Scoop.it
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A climate change education game that incorporates the SOLE method (Self-organized learning environment) and uses social learning to engage learners in climate change.

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A Working Theory of Game Design « First Person Scholar

A Working Theory of Game Design « First Person Scholar | Games: Serious and Social | Scoop.it
A Working Theory of Game Design
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This article proposes combining the MDA framework and the elemental tetrad framework. Like all models, don't expect perfection but it attempts to show some of the relationships between elements of the combined frameworks.

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IBM Video Games Play Out Pending Business Decisions | Big Think

IBM Video Games Play Out Pending Business Decisions | Big Think | Games: Serious and Social | Scoop.it
IBM's Serious Game program wants to give enterprises a way to digest data by playing them out in real-world simulations, or video games.
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It's starting to make me a bit crazy that people are equating serious games with gamification but this discussion of the need for games (not gamification) to develop critical thinking skills is interesting. The Bogost cite is not properly applied in this case since he is referring to misguided gamification attempts NOT the kind of work IBM is doing. 


Not hating on gamification generally, when done well, it's a useful tool....just saying...let's not mix metaphors :).

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Integrating Health Behavior Theory and Design Elements in Serious Games

Integrating Health Behavior Theory and Design Elements in Serious Games | Games: Serious and Social | Scoop.it
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An analysis of the impact of a serious game (SPARX) based on user readiness for change. The game was designed to allow young people to explore cognitive behavioral therapy in a game world.

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GDC Vault - A View from the White House: Games Beyond Entertainment

GDC Vault - A View from the White House: Games Beyond Entertainment | Games: Serious and Social | Scoop.it
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A talk from GDC 2015.

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Video: Stanford seminars examine the societal impact of games

Video: Stanford seminars examine the societal impact of games | Games: Serious and Social | Scoop.it
Stanford is publicly sharing videos from its Interactive Media & Games Summit, an ongoing series of open lectures on how games intersect with art, healthcare, education and other aspects of society.
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How games intersect with art, history, healthcare, education, and other aspects of society and culture.

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Play This Simple Mobile Game To Help Researchers Analyze Cancer Data

Play This Simple Mobile Game To Help Researchers Analyze Cancer Data | Games: Serious and Social | Scoop.it
By solving puzzles, you can speed up data analysis that would otherwise take years.
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Another example of a citizen science game

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Virtual Games Try To Generate Real Empathy For Faraway Conflict

Virtual Games Try To Generate Real Empathy For Faraway Conflict | Games: Serious and Social | Scoop.it
A corner of the video game industry is covering the news through immersive experiences. One game transports players into the middle of the Syrian civil war.
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Using virtual reality as an empathy generator.

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BBC releases The Doctor and the Dalek coding game for tablets

BBC releases The Doctor and the Dalek coding game for tablets | Games: Serious and Social | Scoop.it
The BBC today launched 'The Doctor and the Dalek' for tablets and released four new levels across all platforms. The game is available freely online now and later today from Google Play, Apple and Amazon app stores.
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Dr. Who, Dalek's, and a platform that teaches kids to code--what's not to like?

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How to Systematically Assess Serious Games Applied to Health Care

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The article is open-source so click on the pdf link. As with all games for education, the challenge is to connect game mechanics to objectives without squashing the (hard)  fun. Not at all an easy task.

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How to Transform The Odyssey into an Epic Game in Alternate Reality

How to Transform The Odyssey into an Epic Game in Alternate Reality | Games: Serious and Social | Scoop.it
Teachers are discovering that through alternate reality games, students who were not typically motivated kicked into high gear, some laboring into the wee hours at home to untangle a conundrum.
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Serious games don't have to be tech-based. ARG games take commitment from both the designer side and the learner side but the rewards can be great.

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Kim Flintoff's curator insight, May 2, 8:07 PM

Great to see that there is a developing interest in ARG.  I developed and ran workshops on the idea back in 2007....  http://www.slideshare.net/kimbowa/dramatargy in a Drama education context... 

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The MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning

The MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning | Games: Serious and Social | Scoop.it
The MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning explains key ideas in game-based learning, pedagogy, implementation, and assessment. This guide makes sense of the available research and provides suggestions for practical use.
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Geared towards learning in a classroom setting, still lots of useful info here

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Serious Games for Serious Simulation, An In-depth Look at Combat Medic from Virtual Heroes |

Serious Games for Serious Simulation, An In-depth Look at Combat Medic from Virtual Heroes | | Games: Serious and Social | Scoop.it
Growing the Field of Healthcare Simulation
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Used an immersive, 3D environment and focused on the top 3 causes of preventable death in the battlefield. As players level up, distractions increase to simulate the pressures of the battlefield.

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Why are games good for learning

Why are games good for learning | Games: Serious and Social | Scoop.it
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A good info graphic on the benefits of the potential  benefits of games when designed well.

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Jerome Leleu's curator insight, April 27, 3:13 AM

ajouter votre aperçu ...

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3D GUEST EXPERIENCE GAME: how the american hotel and lodging associat…

2015 ATD presentation: The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute has developed an innovative game that puts players in a virtual hotel. Players search…
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Despite the title, this is more of a serious game than a gamification experience. Uses a 3D immersive environment.

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SEGAN: Welcome back

SEGAN: Welcome back | Games: Serious and Social | Scoop.it
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A community for those interestted in serious games, includes resources and affinity groups

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Serious games | UTS News Room

Serious games | UTS News Room | Games: Serious and Social | Scoop.it
CopyMe uses the facial expression recognition technology to teach children about emotions by having them progress through the game by mimicking and repeating six main facial expressions: happy, sad, scared, surprised, angry and disgusted.
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CopyMe uses the facial expression recognition technology to teach children with autism about emotions by having them progress through the game by mimicking and repeating six main facial expressions: happy, sad, scared, surprised, angry and disgusted.

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About Long Story

About Long Story | Games: Serious and Social | Scoop.it
What is Long Story?


Long Story is an episodic dating/adventure game that will be debuting in Spring 2014. We’ll be releasing the game on iOS, Android, Mac and PC.


What’s the game about?


When the previous owner of Locker 1224 mysteriously disappeared, you were left holding the only clues. You play as a girl in her early teens and navigate the school’s social landscape through your decisions and conversations. Solve puzzles and build relationships with new friends and old enemies to work o
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Longstory allows teens to explore issues of sexuality and relationships along with complicated social issues.

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Serious games for bioinformatics education. ISMB 2014 education work…

This presentation surveys the current state of games in bioinformatics education.
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How Do You Teach Empathy? Harvard Pilots Game Simulation

How Do You Teach Empathy? Harvard Pilots Game Simulation | Games: Serious and Social | Scoop.it
Disruptive students can be a big challenge for teachers in charge of a room full of 30 students. There isn’t always time to get to the bottom of student
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This may be tilting more to the simulation vs game side but an interesting approach to teach empathy

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High School Story

High School Story | Games: Serious and Social | Scoop.it
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Don't know that it was intended as a serious game but it certainly can be used as one.You can build high school and you foster happy students while also controlling what your main student says to the other students. Can be used to encourage empathy and event as an innovation platform.

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