Meaningful Play 2022 at Michigan State University

Session Information

TitleNew Experiments Teaching with Games and Game Design
Presenter(s)Krista-Lee Malone, Amy Mueller, Peter McDonald and Mark Chen
TimeThursday, October 13, 2:30p-3:30p
LocationSuperior Room
DescriptionTeaching with games is an evolving process. This panel discusses pedagogical experiments the panelists have developed, as well as to the increased emphasis on, then backlash against remote instruction brought on by the pandemic. Malone looks at class-Discords as a place for community building and how they differ from surveillance focused LMSs. McDonald presents three models of the introductory game design classroom, including a course based on the recent proliferation of "tiny tools" like Bits. Chen discusses "let's play" videos and how they can be reformulated to engage students in critical thinking and cultural commentary. Mueller describes the process and affordances of using Twitch for remote instruction. These practices would've seemed strange or impossible before, but they show how the relation between games and learning should not be taken for granted. As gamers who teach games, we debate the importance of that cultural knowledge in meeting students where they are.

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