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Mapping gaming practice to scientific practice

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Presentation given at the annual meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST), April 2011, Orlando, FL.

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Mapping gaming practice to scientific practice

  1. 1. MAPPING GAMING PRACTICE TO SCIENTIFIC PRACTICE Mark Chen University of Washington @mcdanger | markchen@uw.edu
  2. 2. PARTNERSHIP•  UW Computer Science & Engineering •  Center for Game Science (CGS) •  Zoran Popović, Seth Cooper, Erik Anderson, and Yun-En Liu•  UW Learning Sciences •  Advancing Games as Innovative Learning Environments (AGILE) •  Philip Bell, Andrew Shouse, John Bransford, Nancy Vye, Mark Chen, and Theresa Horstman•  UT Austin •  Taylor Martin and Carmen Petrick•  Funded by DARPA Engage Program
  3. 3. FOLDIT
  4. 4. WHAT DO PLAYERS DO IN FOLDIT?
  5. 5. PLAYER SOLUTIONSSCORE TIME
  6. 6. PLAYER SOLUTIONS  SCORE TIME
  7. 7. PLAYER SOLUTIONS  SCORE TIME
  8. 8. PLAYER SOLUTIONS  SCORE TIME
  9. 9. PLAYER SOLUTIONS  SCORE TIME
  10. 10. PLAYER SOLUTIONS  SCORE TIME
  11. 11. PLAYER SOLUTIONS  SCORE TIME
  12. 12. HOW DO PLAYERS GET BETTER? COMMUNITY!
  13. 13. HOW DO PLAYERS GET BETTER? COMMUNITY!•  Community around Foldit is rich and engaging
  14. 14. HOW DO PLAYERS GET BETTER? COMMUNITY!•  Community around Foldit is rich and engaging
  15. 15. HOW DO PLAYERS GET BETTER? COMMUNITY!•  Community around Foldit is rich and engaging
  16. 16. HOW DO PLAYERS GET BETTER? COMMUNITY!•  Community around Foldit is rich and engaging
  17. 17. BIOCHEMISTRY NOT JUST FOR EXPERTS…•  Emergence of Prior knowledge of biochemistry skilled players with little None biochemistry High school / Basic training One undergraduate course Majored in biology or similar•  Game players PhD in chemistry or organic chemistry beat protein PhD in biochemistry 30 years ago experts Professionally involved
  18. 18. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO PLAY FOLDIT?To become competitive, one has to do two things: 1)  learn the science 2)  participate in the community
  19. 19. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO PLAY FOLDIT?To become competitive, one has to do two things: 1)  learn the science 2)  participate in the community
  20. 20. FUTURE PLANS•  In-depth studies of gaming practice and expert practice •  Assess engagement and learning •  Foldit •  Refraction •  DNA •  and more!
  21. 21. FOLDIT TEAM THANKS: UW Dept. of Computer Science UW Dept. of Biochemistry Zoran Popović Seth Cooper Adrien Treuille Janos Barbero David Baker Firas Khatib Andrew Leaver-Fay Kathleen Tuite David Salesin Joshua Snyder Daniel Suskin Philipp Krähenbühl Alex Cho Snyder Michael Beenen Hao Lü Lu Sien Tan Ilya Makedon Sean Gottschalk Mathias Hällman Jeff Flatten Eric Butler Jeehyung Lee Ming Yao Alex Chia Chris Carrico Philip Bradley Ian Davis James Thompson David Kim Rhiju Das Yutong Zhao Sayer Herin David Anderson Benjamin Bethurum Supported by: UW Center for Game Science UW Baker Lab HHMI DARPA Microsoft Adobe … and all our players!

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