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Shafaque Riaz: Moving learning games forward

by Shafaque Riaz Expert Educator Columnist, UAE Due to the stretched gap between my posts, I missed the connectivity with my readers, but I am happy to be back and sharing some of my experiences. As I mentioned in my earlier post, this time my focus is to talk over hurdles we as educators face by introducing games in mainstream lessons as a medium of instruction and how can we overcome them to use games effectively for learning. Primarily we should have clarity that it is neither the computer game nor the technology that promotes learning, but the play surrounding it. The learning occurs in a non-linear unstructured way when technology or video games/ simulated environment are used as teaching tools, and it is often the environment that fosters knowledge building and understanding. “The creative play is the foundation of early abstract thinking” (Vygotsky, 1986) The changing role of the teacher in this new setting I witnessed that when students gets the feeling of being in-charge of themselves, over their feeling, thinking, and learning behaviours, …


Shafaque Riaz: Gamified Learning Experience for 21st Century Learners

by Shafaque Riaz Expert Educator Columnist, UAE Gamification is the use of game elements and design techniques in non-game contexts. I will start with an example of Nike Plus Accelerometer fitted in Nike Shoes. This device tracks every single step you take when you are running. It tells how far and how fast are you running. It communicates wirelessly with a smart phone. It makes the experience of running more like a game that tells how fastest you run, the longest run you ever had and various kinds of tracking data. You can compare yourself to previous times. You can establish goals and challenges. You get medals and points for achieving those goals. You can compete with your friends and get encouragement from friends. It makes the experience of running more like a game. You are not sitting down in front of your computer and playing a running game, you’re actually going out and running. The game structure around this built in device helps to encourage you to run and make whole experience of running …


Shafaque Riaz: Learning Happens in Every Problem-Solving Experience

by Shafaque Riaz Expert Educator Columnist, UAE This time focus of my post is that how game design naturally supports learning. For me, learning is something that happens across every context that you’re in. Each time you’re involved in a particular form of problem solving whether it’s easy or hard, you’re engaged in some form of learning. Now a days the modern games are designed with a provision of set of experiences assuming that learners are active constructors of meaning with their own drives, goals, and motivations. A learning game play provides multiple routes of participation and meaning making. Content and resources are delivered on demand to solve problem. Inclusive game designs just don’t throw everything on you, but they let you explore at a reasonable pace and interestingly it’s mostly self-determined. You can go back and forth, practice as much as you wish. Games are very good in letting the players unfold and explore and become master at their own progress levels. A model of game design for learning suggested by Shaffer, squire, Halverson …