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  1. 1. Game Design and Virtual Worlds for STEM+ Learning Online: Teachers as Game Masters HP Catalyst and Sloan-cAn online multi-university learning network for teaching, sharing, and engaging 21st century faculty and learners through HP technology and game creation. <br />
  2. 2. Bringing passion and engagement to the table… <br />Capturing the students (and the instructors) imagination!<br />The realities of implementation and tough education technology choices<br />A new role for teachers in the immersive virtual world… Larry Smarr, Founder and Director, Calit2… “the World Walkers…”<br />
  3. 3. Introduction<br />
  4. 4. Student Game Planning<br />
  5. 5. Observations and Conclusions from HP Leadership Grant (Faculty and Researchers)<br />Level of concentration (motivation) and collaboration (complexity of discussions) of the student teams increased<br />Accuracy of incorporation in combination of wireless technologies into the game simulation<br />Dedication (through long hours) and engagement (in apparent intensity of work) were made apparent<br />Engineering epistemology (way of creatively thinking as practitioner) was developed without significant overhead in the engineering courses<br />Observation of spirited competition and pride of workmanship (quality and creativity)<br />
  6. 6. Introduction<br />
  7. 7. Technology realities<br />How can you embrace and institutionalize emerging technology at your institution?<br />
  8. 8. How do Engineering Students become Game Designers (without changing their degree)? <br />Learning fundamentals via playing games<br />Actually, learning the basics of turn-based games<br />Limiting overhead of becoming designers by bridging play to structure<br />Deciphering game design elements in play<br />Characters, Procedures, Rules, Objectives<br />Translating game elements into learner course content <br />Relating physics and technology of wireless communications to game rules<br />
  9. 9. Going to WAR!<br />Understanding Character Development and Balance of Play<br />
  10. 10. PowerPoint as a Graphic Design Tool for Non-graphic Design Students<br />
  11. 11. PowerPoint as a Graphic Design Tool for Non-graphic Design Students<br />
  12. 12. Digital Game-board: DyKnow running on HP Tablet PC<br />
  13. 13. Design & Management Issues<br />Design Team<br /><ul><li>5 Faculty
  14. 14. 2 computer science students
  15. 15. 1 graphic design student</li></ul>…and 1 year<br />Issues<br />Second Life vs. OpenSim<br />Keeping the team engaged<br />Assessment<br />Interoperability<br />
  16. 16. Game Masters, world walkers<br />Transitioning from sage on the stage, beyond guide on the side, to <br />
  17. 17. Where does the journey begin?<br />Open source game frameworks <br />Unwrapping the black box<br />Bridging to the 3-D<br />The conductor’s position: preparing the symphony<br />Learner analytics & shaping the “campaign”<br />Institutionalization of approachable technologies<br />Integration of web and virtual<br />The best things in life (may be) free<br />
  18. 18. References<br /><ul><li>Jaurez, J., Fu, P., Uhlig, R., & Viswanathan, S. (2010). Beyond simulation: student built virtual reality games for cellular network design, To be presented at ASEE Annual Conference.
  19. 19. Holliday, M. A. (1995). Incremental game development in an introductory programming course. Paper presented at the Proceedings of the 33rd annual on Southeast regional Conference.
  20. 20. Shaffer, D. W. (2008). How Computer Games Help Children Learn (1 ed.). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.
  21. 21. Aldrich, C. (2004). Simulations and the future of learning: an innovative (and perhaps revolutionary) approach to e-learning (1 ed.). San Francisco, CA: Pfeiffer.
  22. 22. Fullerton, T. (2008). Game Design Workshop, Second Edition: A Playcentric Approach to Creating Innovative Games (2ed.).San Francisco: Morgan Kaufmann.
  23. 23. Prensky, M. (2001). Digital game-based learning (1 ed.). St. Paul, MN: Paragon House.
  24. 24. Ramesh, C., Rusu, A., Ismail, M., & Skoglund, M. (2007). TrACS: transceiver architecture and wireless channel simulator. Paper presented at the Proceedings of the 20th annual conference on Integrated circuits and systems design.</li>