Online Learning Update

May 27, 2016

Commentary: Colleges need to catch up on game-based learning

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:03 am

By Ramin Nadaf,

Given their ubiquity, it makes sense to apply games to schoolwork. Many teachers have done so through game-based learning, in which actual video games are used to teach specific skills. Take the online game “Whack-A-Bone,” which teaches the names, locations, and functions of bones and muscles throughout the human body. Or the H&R Block Budget Challenge, which provides instruction in the basics of personal finance by making a game of saving for college. Done right, game-based learning can be fun. Students who learn through games are more engaged with the material and more immune to distractions. They also benefit from a direct sense of accomplishment while learning.

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