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ERIC Number: EJ866196
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0360-1315
Multiplayer Online Games as Educational Tools: Facing New Challenges in Learning
Paraskeva, Fotini; Mysirlaki, Sofia; Papagianni, Aikaterini
Computers & Education, v54 n2 p498-505 Feb 2010
This paper outlines a proposal for the development of educational multiplayer online games based on the activity theory, as an alternative to the current trend in multiplayer gaming and a means of promoting collaboration among students. In order to examine whether online games are engaging for learners, we consider multiple factors regarding game play--such as frequency of game use, gender differences, identification with the characters, and game preferences--as well as some psychosocial factors that may influence learning--such as academic performance, self-esteem, and computer self-efficacy. This paper suggests that online multiplayer educational games should be approached as a complex learning system, based on the principles of activity theory, where the Subjects would interact with other Subjects, Objects and Tools of the game, under specified Rules and create Communities through division of labor, leading to the expected learning outcome. Thus, we suggest taking into account some important issues concerning the Subjects that the activity theory refers to, such as gender differences in playing games, academic performance, self-esteem and computer self-efficacy. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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