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October 15, 2006

Filed under: gaming»design»learning

Serious Play

The B-SPAN podcast this week is a presentation from "Serious Play and Urban Planning," a seminar held by the World Bank Institute on using games as training tools. In the podcast, Dr. David Shaffer, professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison and author of How Computer Games Help Children Learn, talks about how he's used games as city planner training, and explores some of the ways that they create an "epistemic frame" for the user. It's fairly interesting stuff. The full video of the seminar should go up later today, and I'll update with a link.

UPDATE: Find the complete videoconference, including Scott Osterweil from MIT's Education Arcade, here. As usual, be warned that it is encoded using the Bank standard of Realplayer. No, I don't like it. No, I don't have a choice about it. Yes, I'm trying to get it changed, but you know how large institutions are.

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