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Presented at CNIE, 2012, Canmore AB, May 2012 ...

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 The decorative media trap Presentation Transcript

    • THE DECORATIVE MEDIA TRAP And how to avoid it. Katrin Becker, Ph.D.CNIE 2012 © 2012 K.Becker Thursday, May-10-12 1
    • WHAT AM I PLAYING NOW?CNIE 2012 © 2012 K.Becker Thursday, May-10-12 2
    • FIRST IMPRESSIONS Do they matter?CNIE 2012 © 2012 K.Becker Thursday, May-10-12 3
    • FIRST IMPRESSION S You never get a second chance to make a first impression.CNIE 2012 © 2012 K.Becker Thursday, May-10-12 4
    • 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
    • DECORATIVE MEDIA PRINCIPLE • Promotes: • Scaffolding • Interest • Cues (mnemonics) • Mental Model FormationCNIE 2012 © 2012 K.Becker Thursday, May-10-12 6
    • LINEAR VS. INTERACTIVE MEDIA • VIDEO : all about visual • Games : about interactionCNIE 2012 © 2012 K.Becker Thursday, May-10-12 7
    • DECORATIVE MEDIA TRAP Attractive = GoodCNIE 2012 © 2012 K.Becker Thursday, May-10-12 8
    • DECORATIVE MEDIA TRAPCNIE 2012 © 2012 K.Becker Thursday, May-10-12 9
    • WRAPPERCNIE 2012 © 2012 K.Becker Thursday, May-10-12 10
    • 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
    • CNIE 2012 © 2012 K.Becker Thursday, May-10-12 12
    • WRAPPERCNIE 2012 © 2012 K.Becker Thursday, May-10-12 13
    • DIFFERENT WRAPPERCNIE 2012 © 2012 K.Becker Thursday, May-10-12 14
    • GAMECNIE 2012 © 2012 K.Becker Thursday, May-10-12 15
    • SPLIT BRAINCNIE 2012 © 2012 K.Becker Thursday, May-10-12 16
    • DNA GAMECNIE 2012 © 2012 K.Becker Thursday, May-10-12 17
    • CNIE 2012 © 2012 K.Becker Thursday, May-10-12 18
    • CNIE 2012 © 2012 K.Becker Thursday, May-10-12 19
    • CNIE 2012 © 2012 K.Becker Thursday, May-10-12 20
    • CNIE 2012 © 2012 K.Becker Thursday, May-10-12 21
    • SUDOKUCNIE 2012 © 2012 K.Becker Thursday, May-10-12 22
    • DOING IT RIGHT…CNIE 2012 © 2012 K.Becker Thursday, May-10-12 23
    • THANKSCNIE 2012 © 2012 K.Becker Thursday, May-10-12 24