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The folk over at The Games Institute and Muzzy Lane are offering a 4 week online course “Using Games in Education”…

With Using Games in Education, you can bring the opportunities of digital games into your classroom. This ten unit course explores “why games”—the theories of educational gaming—and “how games”—the practical aspects of implementing educational gameplay. At the end of the course you will be prepared to integrate computer games into your students’ learning. Games will be a powerful tool in your teaching. You will:

  • Discover the principles behind the learning power of games.
  • Learn how to choose the best games for your students.
  • Understand how to prepare yourself and your students for an educational gaming experience.
  • Learn key tips from teachers and professors who teach with games.

The knowledge gained from Using Games in Education can be applied to any class environment and any grade level. Lessons are not limited to specific subject matters or games.

It looks interesting and is reasonably priced ($185USD) as far as unknown online offerings go.  I might even scratch up the necessary cash and have a go myself.

I’d like to see something more along this line develop here in WA.  CREATEC at ECU is one research centre that could certainly tap into this, CSaLT might be the other obvious organisation. 

I think it might be time to resurrect the SIG - the Special Interest Groups and take this investigation a little further.  Bring on the master of all-things SIG - and all things Numbat!