Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Learning Lab Denmark

They have a research group devoted to educational computer games! How civilised is that? And if I am to judge by the presentation with Rikke Magnusson, they have a fairly realistic, updated view on this as well.

The presentation still, however, suffers from the serious games bug: an eagerness to exploit the myth of what a powerful medium games are. Can teaching games really be created? IF students can learn maths, I guess they should be able to learn how to kill old ladies too. Dilemma that, hmm?

2 comments:

Jonas Heide Smith said...

I'm wondering if most students do not already know "how to kill old ladies". The real problem - I suppose - would be if math games make students love to do math problems in real life (i.e. if the game taught preferences, not just competensies).
In that case I guess we'd have to worry about those old ladies.

No?

Torill said...

Good point Jonas. I think what the more complex games can teach is abstracts: a way of thinking about problems, a way of researching a topic, a way of looking for different means to solve a task.