Introducing Serious Games with Wikis: Empowering the Teacher with Simple Technologies
Interactive Learning Environments Volume 22, Number 5, ISSN 1049-4820
Despite the continuous and abundant growth of the game market the uptake of games in education has been hampered by the general impression that games require complex technologies and that games are difficult to organise and to embed in education curriculums. This article explores to what extent a simple serious game scenario that can be easily adopted and adapted by individual teachers and that only uses a common, relatively simple technology can leverage the adoption of serious games. It discusses the design of such a game, Argument, based on a Wiki and its use in a six weeks trial by students of a Master of Learning Sciences Programme. The results indicate that, even though a Wiki has clear limitations, it is a useful instrument to build game alike educational activities, to gain experience with and as a first step to use (more) complex serious games.
van Rosmalen, P. & Westera, W. (2014). Introducing Serious Games with Wikis: Empowering the Teacher with Simple Technologies. Interactive Learning Environments, 22(5), 564-577.