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Jose Olivas
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Dear all,
I am a political scientist teaching in university and I am trying to identify people interested in game-based learning in higher education.
I work in London, however, in my institution most colleagues do not show much interest in exploring modern game design techniques with students. All games they dare to try in class are simply re-designs of snakes&ladders, monopoly or trivial pursuit. They mostly fail to appreciate the nuances of game board design and how learning objectives can be conveyed in different ways. A bit sad...

I have decided to try to identify other board-game designers / educators to share experiences and see whether we can collaborate in future initiatives.

I would be very grateful if you could share with me some names of people or institutions already breaking this "barrier" and applying to real university settings modern game design techniques.

Thank you very much in advance!
Best regards,
Jose
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Eric Miller
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Do you want board/RPG games to play in class? Or do you want your students to actually design a game or two?

 
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Jose Olivas
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Hi, not so much looking for games to play in class (many come to my mind) but more about exchanging experiences with others who have used them or plan to do so. I also proposed a game design seminar but the department does not seem thrilled by the idea. So it would be great to help others who may be in a more innovative institution and have more leeway to try new things.
Designing games is difficult, but doing it around some pre-determined learning objectives even more. In particular if you try to make it a real game which people would play also outside class for enjoyment. Still I think it is doable.
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Jose Olivas
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And I would also like to discuss ideas about games that can be used as learning tool in political science.
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James Wahl
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You should get in touch with Scott Nicholson. (http://www.scottnicholson.com/)
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Jose Olivas
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Absolutely, I sent him a message earlier today. I have been listening him in podcasts. Although now that he is teaching in Canada he is less often in the podcasts.
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