The decorative media trap

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Presented at CNIE, 2012, Canmore AB, May 2012

This is a concept I devised some years ago. It provides a name for a very common phenomenon: the mistaken belief that something that looks good IS good. Educators fall into this trap ALL THE TIME when looking at online media but especially digital games.

It is also a BIG problem for organizations that fund the design and development of serious games - often times, they never bother to look beyond the still images.

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The decorative media trap

  1. 1. THE DECORATIVE MEDIA TRAP And how to avoid it. Katrin Becker, Ph.D.CNIE 2012 © 2012 K.Becker Thursday, May-10-12 1
  2. 2. WHAT AM I PLAYING NOW?CNIE 2012 © 2012 K.Becker Thursday, May-10-12 2
  3. 3. FIRST IMPRESSIONS Do they matter?CNIE 2012 © 2012 K.Becker Thursday, May-10-12 3
  4. 4. FIRST IMPRESSION S You never get a second chance to make a first impression.CNIE 2012 © 2012 K.Becker Thursday, May-10-12 4
  5. 5. A bad design with a good presentation is doomed eventually. A good design with a bad presentation is doomed immediately. Source: Akin’s Laws of Spacecraft Design (#20)CNIE 2012 © 2012 K.Becker Thursday, May-10-12 5
  6. 6. DECORATIVE MEDIA PRINCIPLE • Promotes: • Scaffolding • Interest • Cues (mnemonics) • Mental Model FormationCNIE 2012 © 2012 K.Becker Thursday, May-10-12 6
  7. 7. LINEAR VS. INTERACTIVE MEDIA • VIDEO : all about visual • Games : about interactionCNIE 2012 © 2012 K.Becker Thursday, May-10-12 7
  8. 8. DECORATIVE MEDIA TRAP Attractive = GoodCNIE 2012 © 2012 K.Becker Thursday, May-10-12 8
  9. 9. DECORATIVE MEDIA TRAPCNIE 2012 © 2012 K.Becker Thursday, May-10-12 9
  10. 10. WRAPPERCNIE 2012 © 2012 K.Becker Thursday, May-10-12 10
  11. 11. FUNCTIONALITY We reviewed each of these games to make sure that they provide students with skill development and critical thinking sequences.CNIE 2012 © 2012 K.Becker Thursday, May-10-12 11
  12. 12. CNIE 2012 © 2012 K.Becker Thursday, May-10-12 12
  13. 13. WRAPPERCNIE 2012 © 2012 K.Becker Thursday, May-10-12 13
  14. 14. DIFFERENT WRAPPERCNIE 2012 © 2012 K.Becker Thursday, May-10-12 14
  15. 15. GAMECNIE 2012 © 2012 K.Becker Thursday, May-10-12 15
  16. 16. SPLIT BRAINCNIE 2012 © 2012 K.Becker Thursday, May-10-12 16
  17. 17. DNA GAMECNIE 2012 © 2012 K.Becker Thursday, May-10-12 17
  18. 18. CNIE 2012 © 2012 K.Becker Thursday, May-10-12 18
  19. 19. CNIE 2012 © 2012 K.Becker Thursday, May-10-12 19
  20. 20. CNIE 2012 © 2012 K.Becker Thursday, May-10-12 20
  21. 21. CNIE 2012 © 2012 K.Becker Thursday, May-10-12 21
  22. 22. SUDOKUCNIE 2012 © 2012 K.Becker Thursday, May-10-12 22
  23. 23. DOING IT RIGHT…CNIE 2012 © 2012 K.Becker Thursday, May-10-12 23
  24. 24. THANKSCNIE 2012 © 2012 K.Becker Thursday, May-10-12 24

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