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Playful Constructivism: Making Sense of Digital Games for Learning and Creativity Through Play, Design, and Participation | Marone | Journal For Virtual Worlds Research

Playful Constructivism: Making Sense of Digital Games for Learning and Creativity Through Play, Design, and Participation | Marone | Journal For Virtual Worlds Research | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it

Playful Constructivism: Making Sense of Digital Games for Learning and Creativity Through Play, Design, and Participation


By Vittorio Marone The University of Texas at San Antonio, USA

 
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The goal of this article is to provide a conceptual framework to better understand digital games in learning and creative contexts through the dimensions of play, design, and participation. This framework can be used as a guiding tool for the selection, implementation, and evaluation of gamebased approaches in formal and informal educational settings, as well as a blueprint for making sense of playful learning and creativity in virtual worlds and technology-mediated environments. In essence, this article seeks to answer the question “What are digital games and how can we make sense of them for learning and creativity?” The proposed visual model and conceptual framework, here defined as Playful Constructivism, is grounded on the learning theories of Situated Cognition, Social Constructivism, and Constructionism, and draws from play and game studies, design-based learning, and affinity spaces research. This framework is not intended as the “ultimate” conceptualization of game-based learning, but rather as an agile tool that can guide scholars, practitioners, and students through the affordances, challenges, and opportunities of implementing and using digital games in learning and creative contexts.
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700 reasons to study languages | LLAS Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies

700 reasons to study languages | LLAS Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies | Mundos Virtuales, Educacion Conectada y Aprendizaje de Lenguas | Scoop.it

Arguments in favour of learning foreign languages, with references, from the Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies at the University of Southampton.


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