Sunday, September 8, 2019

'Serious' games: MU opens lab to promote online learning - DIANA PANUNCIAL, Columbia Missourian

Doctorate candidates Joe Griffin and Justin Sigoloff are co-directors of Adroit Studios. They want to merge video games with instructional learning to create what they call "serious games." In gamer-speak, that's an actual genre: It refers to games used for education.  Using video games into classrooms has been growing in popularity. For example, with the help of a $20,000 fellowship from MU's Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, iCivics created NewsFeed Defenders, a game that teaches young students media literacy. iCivics, founded in 2008 by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra O'Connor, is a Massachussetts-based nonprofit known for its online games that promote civics education and encourage students to become involved citizens.

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