9 reasons to replace traditional online courses with games for learning

Education | 2011.04.19 01:21 | Posted by 스마트 안전보건

1. Games give lots of choices to learners.

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Games are doing a really good job for providing learning with a lot of choices.

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2. It is what Amazon.com would do if they had your job.

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Games customize your environments based on your profile or levels you are on a game.

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It is just like the customization of Amazon.com in which you are provided with customized information about books and other products you are interested in based on your profile or your purchasing experiences.

3. There are no next buttons

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There are 2 reasons that learners hate next buttons. The first reason is that it forces learners to be linear for thinking. It is like do this and this and this. Secondly, next buttons overuse context with too many materials for learners to read and do.

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4. Cognitive psychologists dig it

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The best instruction hovers at the boundary of a learner's competency (by Andy Disessa at Berkley graduate school of education).

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<Zone of Proximal Development>

5. Sometimes it is good to fail

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If you want to succeed, double your failure rate (by Thomas Watson, the founder of IBM).

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6. Games immerse learners in context

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For example, games do this. With this kind of games, learners know what to do and how to make it complete.

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7. Get rid of learners once and for all

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8. Games make data sexy

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9. Nobody ever wanted to stay up until 2AM just to take your CBT one more time before going to bed.

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Games are more fun and have surprises, collaboration, and most importantly mastery. If you master something, you would feel fun.

In other words, with games, 'Learning is the drug.' (by Raph Koster 'Theory of fun)

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In short, there is no learning objective that can't be made into a great game.

But traditional online courses, there is no learning objective that can't be ruined by turning it into a 'nexter'.

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Traditional Vidoe Games in iPhone with ATARI

Creativity | 2011.04.12 00:27 | Posted by 스마트 안전보건

Many people remember traditional video games by ATARI. For example, 'Pong' is one the the most famous from ATARI video games.

I played it when I was in middle school. One of my friends got a personal computer in his home, so we went to his house after school and play it by turn. At that time, playing a video game by inserting a video game slot was the most exciting thing.

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But now everything has been totally changed, we rare play traditional video games and play 3D games or mobile games in smart phones or tablets instead. A good news about traditional video games is that ATARI recently launched an App in App Store, so that people can download it and enjoy many traditional video games in their mobile devices such as iPhone or iPad.

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ATARI's greatest hits download

ATARI is a corporate and brand name owned by several entities since its inception in 1972. It is currently owned by Atari Interactive, a wholly owned subsidiary of the French publisher Atari, SA. More about ATARI? Click here.

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There are a few free games in the ATARI app 'ATARI's greatest hits'. You can also buy the app ($14.99) to enjoy fully functioned 99 ARATI games.

This is a free game from ATARI app, 'Pong', You can compare this with the picture above.

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ATARI App Download

ATARI app review video

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