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301 East Carrillo Street 2FL, P. O. Box 519, Santa Barbara, CA, 93102
AbstractIn spite of the growing interest in developing games designed to target specific instructional objectives, and recent improvements accessibility of gaming technology, designing a game from scratch is still an expensive and time consuming endeavor, particularly for non-programmers working on a limited budget. Furthermore, there are few guidelines about how to design a game that is both fun and has learning value. If the promise of game-based instruction is to be fully met, we need to develop a game design system that provides instructors with the necessary tools to design, create, and evaluate effective instructional games. The primary objective of Phase I will be to analyze the feasibility of developing a web-based system that (1) guides instructors through the game design process and provides a set of empirically-based guidelines that aid in the selection of effective game element variations; (2) takes the game element selection input and interfaces with game engines to create a game; and (3) provides a means to evaluate the learning values of the created games. The long-term goal is to develop a system that enables instructors with little programming experience to design, implement, and assess simple, but effective games in an informed and time/cost-effective manner.
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