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Wednesday, June 12 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Dancing (and Wrestling) with Learning Objectives and Game Mechanics

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Fireside Chat:
Dancing (and Wrestling) with Learning Objectives and Game Mechanics

Designs for intrinsic learning-game are often created through processes where game mechanics are inspired and built from the learning objectives the game designers want to embody in the play experience. It’s a wonderful process - it sounds straightforward, but in our experience it’s not: Mechanics are built and played, and the play teach the designers new things that lead to looking at the objectives differently, and therefore the mechanics, in a challenging creative cycle. In this Fireside Chat, we’d like to host a lively discussion of practitioners who have been living this structured and improvisational process – telling tall tales, sharing wisdom (and hairy moments) from the work.

Bert Snow, Scot Osterweil, Jason Haas, Alex Chisholm, Dan Roy, Dave McCool, Caitlin Feeley


Caitlin Feeley

Cambridge, MA, United States, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Jason Haas

Cambridge, MA, United States, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Jason is a Research Assistant and PhD candidate in The Education Arcade and the Center for Mobile Learning in the MIT Media Lab. He is also an Early Career Scholar at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in the Spencer New Civics Education Program.His research focuses on designing interesting civic, multiplayer experiences (for learning and otherwise) and evaluating them in context. Recent work includes the Jigsaw-based iPad game SANCTUARY... Read More →

David McCool

President, Muzzy Lane Software
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Scot Osterweil

Scot Osterweil is Creative Director of the Education Arcade in the MIT Comparative Media Studies Program. He has designed award-winning games in both academic and commercial environments, focusing on what is authentically playful in challenging academic subjects. Designs include the acclaimed Zoombinis series (math and logic), Vanished: The MIT/Smithsonian Curated Game(environmental science), Labyrinth (math), Kids Survey Network (data and... Read More →

Dan Roy

Founder, Skylight Games LLC

Wednesday June 12, 2013 12:00pm - 1:00pm
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