The game industry and nonprofits are teaming up to create a video game design lab that will do research on engaging students and measuring learning. It’s part of a broader “gamification” trend toward making education as fun and engaging as playing games. The new Games, Learning and Assessment (GLASS) Lab will be supported by $10.3 million in grants.
Based at EA’s global headquarters in Redwood City, Calif., the lab will integrate state-based educational standards and measure learning by modifying popular games or creating original games. Once those products are complete, they will be made available to middle and high school students, school districts, and families at little or no cost. The lab was announced at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado today.
The GLASS Lab acknowledges that there is a major shift in the way students learn and acquire knowledge. Students today are expected to learn skills such as creative problem solving, collaboration, systems thinking, and mastering new technologies. Games are good for that, and they can give teachers and parents real-time feedback on student progress.