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Charsky, Dennis; Ressler, William – Computers & Education, 2011
Does using a computer game improve students' motivation to learn classroom material? The current study examined students' motivation to learn history concepts while playing a commercial, off-the-shelf computer game, Civilization III. The study examined the effect of using conceptual scaffolds to accompany game play. Students from three ninth-grade…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Concept Mapping, Play, Student Motivation
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Charsky, Dennis; Mims, Clif – TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, 2008
Games have a long history of being used for instructional purposes. Games can be defined as playful activities, with or without a computer, that have some essential characteristics. Game characteristics can include competition and goals, game rules, challenging activities, choices, and fantasy elements. Games that take advantage of these…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Video Games, Fantasy, Educational Technology
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Charsky, Dennis; Kish, Mary L.; Briskin, Jessica; Hathaway, Sarah; Walsh, Kira; Barajas, Nicolas – TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, 2009
Human Communication in Organizations (HCO) is an introductory college course at Ithaca College, typically taken in the freshman year, in which students from a wide variety of majors examine the basic concepts, issues, and uses of organizational communication including communication theory, superior-subordinate and peer relationships, leadership,…
Descriptors: Organizational Communication, Group Dynamics, Internet, Technology Education