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The Multiplayer Classroom:
Designing Coursework as a
Game
24th Annual International Conference on
College Teaching and Lea...
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 ...
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
– Commun...
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 S...
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...
• Students learn the same
material with more retention
than in non-multiplayer
classrooms
• Class performance is
ultimatel...
• Actively engaged classes (even students
who were not gamers)
• Average grade on last midterm: A (up
from C)
• Higher ave...
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 m...
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 m...
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 smal...
Thank you!
Available Everywhere
from
Cengage Learning
sheldc2@rpi.edu
Join teachers, students and parents from
over 40 cou...
Multiplayer Classroom   Jacksonville
Multiplayer Classroom   Jacksonville
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Multiplayer Classroom   Jacksonville
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Multiplayer Classroom   Jacksonville
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  1. 1. 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
  2. 2. TRADITION
  3. 3. THE VIDEO GAME GENERATION
  4. 4. How can we get them to focus like that in class???
  5. 5. Maybe with video games? Duh.
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. BECAUSE EVEN BAD GAMES ARE BETTER THAN THIS
  8. 8. GAMES ARE NOT SIMULATIONS, THEY REQUIRE ABSTRACTION Too literal? Why make a game at all?
  9. 9. ONE IDEA • Video Games – Solo – Immersion – Engagement – Experience points – Leveling – Learning by Failure – Phat lOOt
  10. 10. • Multiplayer games & virtual worlds – Competition – Collaboration – Boss raids – Zones – Pick-up groups – Guilds – Community A SECOND IDEA
  11. 11. A THIRD IDEA • Alternate Reality Games – Real-time – Real world
  12. 12. The Skeleton Chase 2: The Psychic
  13. 13. “Good morning, you all have an F.”
  14. 14. “However you can all level up.”
  15. 15. CREATING AVATARS (INVESTMENT)
  16. 16. STUDENTS TEACHING STUDENTS
  17. 17. LEARNING BY FAILING
  18. 18. GRADING BY ATTRITION
  19. 19. INTRINSIC REWARDS
  20. 20. GUILD VS. GUILD MIDTERM PREP
  21. 21. “Ah! We have a question from a member of the audience!”
  22. 22. “I can see that it might work in video game classes, but it would never work in others.”
  23. 23. • 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
  24. 24. The Lost Manuscript
  25. 25. FINAL MANDARIN EXAM: A POLICE INTERROGATION
  26. 26. “But how do students who have experienced multiplayer classrooms do when they move on to more traditional teaching methods in later classes?”
  27. 27. • 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.”
  28. 28. • 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
  29. 29. LEARNING BY FAILING GRADING BY ATTRITION INTRINSIC REWARDS GAMEPLAY SUSTAINED NARRATIVE
  30. 30. Sustained Narrative
  31. 31. THESE FAR HILLS
  32. 32. 1852 an Gorta Mor (The Great Famine)
  33. 33. A New Land
  34. 34. 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
  35. 35. Dublin Climate Change in Ireland
  36. 36. Michael Donovan Donal KateMatthew Beth Kevin Michael Raven The Family Donovan
  37. 37. A New Land
  38. 38. The Green Hills of Ireland
  39. 39. The Red Hills of Mars
  40. 40. 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
  41. 41. From the Outside Looking In
  42. 42. THESE FAR HILLS The Story of a Family Building a New Life in a New Land
  43. 43. Teaching Engineering to a New Generation THESE FAR HILLS
  44. 44. BOLDLY GOING FARTHER
  45. 45. September 2012
  46. 46. EMERGENT REALITY LAB The Lost Manuscript 2: The Summer Palace Cipher MARCH 2013
  47. 47. LEARNING BY FAILING GRADING BY ATTRITION INTRINSIC REWARDS GAMEPLAY SUSTAINED NARRATIVE There is no shame in starting small. We all did.
  48. 48. 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
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