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Keynote delivered at the 24th International College Teaching and Learning conference in Jacksonville, Florida.

Keynote delivered at the 24th International College Teaching and Learning conference in Jacksonville, Florida.

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    • The Multiplayer Classroom: Designing Coursework as a Game 24th Annual International Conference on College Teaching and Learning Jacksonville, Florida 10 April 2013 Lee Sheldon Associate Professor Co-Director Games and Simulation Arts and Sciences Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    • TRADITION
    • THE VIDEO GAME GENERATION
    • How can we get them to focus like that in class???
    • Maybe with video games? Duh.
    • BUT WE’VE HAD VIDEO GAMES IN THE CLASSROOM FOR DECADES Be careful with that research: Even bad games can get good results in classrooms.
    • BECAUSE EVEN BAD GAMES ARE BETTER THAN THIS
    • GAMES ARE NOT SIMULATIONS, THEY REQUIRE ABSTRACTION Too literal? Why make a game at all?
    • ONE IDEA • Video Games – Solo – Immersion – Engagement – Experience points – Leveling – Learning by Failure – Phat lOOt
    • • Multiplayer games & virtual worlds – Competition – Collaboration – Boss raids – Zones – Pick-up groups – Guilds – Community A SECOND IDEA
    • A THIRD IDEA • Alternate Reality Games – Real-time – Real world
    • The Skeleton Chase 2: The Psychic
    • “Good morning, you all have an F.”
    • “However you can all level up.”
    • CREATING AVATARS (INVESTMENT)
    • STUDENTS TEACHING STUDENTS
    • LEARNING BY FAILING
    • GRADING BY ATTRITION
    • INTRINSIC REWARDS
    • GUILD VS. GUILD MIDTERM PREP
    • “Ah! We have a question from a member of the audience!”
    • “I can see that it might work in video game classes, but it would never work in others.”
    • • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute • Indiana University • Wake Forest University • Jesuit High School • Marked Tree High School • University of Arizona • Louisiana State University • Valencia Community College • Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School • Texas Tech University • Ohio Valley College of Technology • Waunakee Community High School GAME BOARDS
    • The Lost Manuscript
    • FINAL MANDARIN EXAM: A POLICE INTERROGATION
    • “But how do students who have experienced multiplayer classrooms do when they move on to more traditional teaching methods in later classes?”
    • • Students learn the same material with more retention than in non-multiplayer classrooms • Class performance is ultimately measured in the same way as non-multiplayer classes • Benefits of the multiplayer classroom are carried over to traditional classes. ONGOING BENEFITS In the Multiplayer Classroom: “Good morning, you all have an F.”
    • • Actively engaged classes (even students who were not gamers) • Average grade on last midterm: A (up from C) • Higher average grade overall: B (up from C) • Almost perfect attendance • Students come early to class • Positive results from middle school to university level • Positive results from poverty-level students, special education students and English learners • Positive results continue after leaving a multiplayer classroom, even if education continues using traditional methods OBSERVATIONS
    • LEARNING BY FAILING GRADING BY ATTRITION INTRINSIC REWARDS GAMEPLAY SUSTAINED NARRATIVE
    • Sustained Narrative
    • THESE FAR HILLS
    • 1852 an Gorta Mor (The Great Famine)
    • A New Land
    • Well you can bet tonight it's raining in Dublin In the morning or the evening about the same And a thousand miles away I miss you more and more each day But the strangest thing is how I miss the rain... -Kevin McKrell
    • Dublin Climate Change in Ireland
    • Michael Donovan Donal KateMatthew Beth Kevin Michael Raven The Family Donovan
    • A New Land
    • The Green Hills of Ireland
    • The Red Hills of Mars
    • Well you can bet tonight it's raining in Dublin In the morning or the evening about the same And a thousand miles away I miss you more and more each day But the strangest thing is how I miss the rain... -Kevin McKrell
    • From the Outside Looking In
    • THESE FAR HILLS The Story of a Family Building a New Life in a New Land
    • Teaching Engineering to a New Generation THESE FAR HILLS
    • BOLDLY GOING FARTHER
    • September 2012
    • EMERGENT REALITY LAB The Lost Manuscript 2: The Summer Palace Cipher MARCH 2013
    • LEARNING BY FAILING GRADING BY ATTRITION INTRINSIC REWARDS GAMEPLAY SUSTAINED NARRATIVE There is no shame in starting small. We all did.
    • Thank you! Available Everywhere from Cengage Learning sheldc2@rpi.edu Join teachers, students and parents from over 40 countries on the Multiplayer Classroom Facebook Page