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Meaningful Play 2018 at Michigan State University

Session Information

TitleCards Against Pedagogy: Using "Off-The-Shelf" Games In Your Teaching
Presenter(s)Valerie Waldron, Johnathon Beals, Phill Cameron and Brenda Imber
TimeThursday, October 11, 3:00p-4:00p
LocationHuron Room
DescriptionThis workshop, designed primarily for instructors and instructional designers, is intended to help attendees evaluate how well, and in what ways, off the shelf games may fit into their teaching.

Presenters will discuss their experiences using a modified version of a commercial board game in a language classroom. We will explore:

  • Creating a structured environment meant to teach students the course material
  • Transforming a casual gameplay experience into an opportunity to learn practical material
  • Tools to assess learning and encourage students to stay focused on learning goals

This session is divided into three sections. Attendees will first play a shortened version of our modified game. Then they will share their reactions and reflections. Finally, participants will evaluate several hypothetical case studies intended to provoke thought about using games creatively in the classroom. Attendees are encouraged to bring in their own scenarios for further discussion.

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