new undergrad course for spring: C&I 375 “videogames & learning”
C&I 375 Videogames & Learning
Lecture: Tuesdays 9:30-10:45 am
Tues 11:00-12:15 pm [class # 51882]
Tues 11:00-12:15 pm [class # 51885]
Thurs 11:00-12:15 pm [class # 51883]
Thurs 11:00-12:15 pm [class # 51884]
In this (3 credit) course, we will discuss current research on the kinds of thinking and learning that goes into videogames. We’ll investigate the benefits and drawbacks of this digital gameplay, covering everything from perception and attention in first person shooters to the development of historical understanding in games like the Civilization series, from socialization in massively multiplayer online games like World of Warcraft to literacy practice and ethical decision making in roleplaying games like Fable and Morrowind, from new developments in games for learning (its not just Oregon Trail anymore) to the use of game design as a way to teach fundamental design and technology principles. Throughout the semester, you will gain familiarity with current research on course topics, develop a language for reflection on the cognitive and educational merits and drawbacks of growing up on games, and gain new insights into the ways in which the your digital playspaces and pastimes shape how you (and your peers) think and learn.
Please see attached flyer for more information. If you have any questions or would like a copy of the syllabus, please email me.