New Penn State Course Tackles Teaching with Call of Duty, World of Warcraft

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

Forget about hunting down just the right educational games for your students. Let them use the ones they already love — Minecraft, World of Warcraft and Call of Duty — and then untangle how those can be fit into the learning goals you have for them. Figuring out how to do that as a teacher is the focus of a new course at Penn State. “Gaming 2 Learn,” part of Learning Design & Tech, is being offered online to current and future educators through the university’s World Campus. Instructor Ali Carr-Chellman, who once published an article on the Huffington Post titled, “We Need More Games in Schools,” said the focus of the course will be on how to use those commercial games to keep students engaged through the use of technology “they use in their everyday lives.”
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