ERIC Number: EJ1058588
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
Solving Real World Problems with Alternate Reality Gaming: Student Experiences in the Global Village Playground Capstone Course Design
Dondlinger, Mary Jo; McLeod, Julie K.
Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, v9 n2 Oct 2015
The Global Village Playground (GVP) was a capstone learning experience designed to address institutional assessment needs while providing an integrated and authentic learning experience for students aimed at fostering complex problem solving, as well as critical and creative thinking. In the GVP, students work on simulated and real-world problems as a design team tasked with developing an alternate reality game that makes an impact on the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Researchers employed a qualitative case study approach to evaluate what aspects of this problem-based, hybrid, course design students found most and least beneficial to their learning. Findings suggest strategies for designing technology-based learning environments to support complex problem solving. Specific recommendations pertain to scaffolding team-based problem solving, particularly concept development processes, interdependence among team members, and group self-organization.
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Student Experience, Educational Games, Problem Based Learning, Curriculum, Case Studies, Qualitative Research, Curriculum Design, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Technology Uses in Education, Blended Learning, Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Semi Structured Interviews, Student Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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