8. Simple Game-based Interactions

Here’s the Simple Game-based Interactions learning interaction from my eBook, Engaging Interactions For eLearning:

Description: Game-based interactions use traditional games primarily to test learners’ factual knowledge. You can use models of existing games or design your own custom games.

These activities are helpful for teaching and assessing factual information where recall is important, such as sales terms, airport names and abbreviations, entrée ingredients, etc.

Example: Examples include Jeopardy, Hangman, Wheel of Fortune, The Price Is Right, crossword puzzles, word-finds, and the memory matching card game.
Level(s) of Interaction: 2,3
Knowledge Type(s): Factual

Let’s discuss this further…

Simple games can be used to help learners review and assess their factual knowledge. Think of these games as a 21st-century version of flash cards. Initially, give the learner an opportunity to play when using these games. Allow them to learn how the game works and then become comfortable with it. Let them get questions wrong without penalty. At that point, you may consider using the game to assess their knowledge. You don’t want to throw them into a game and then have them miss questions because they don’t understand how the game works, even though they’ve mastered the knowledge.

There are several products on the market that allow you to quickly create these games. Respondus has a product called StudyMate that creates several of these games; I’ve used it and had very good luck with it. Below are some other great references for using simple games in eLearning:


2 Responses to “8. Simple Game-based Interactions”

  1. 1 Rupa January 11, 2008 at 4:53 am

    Hi Schone,

    Thanks for the useful links 🙂

  1. 1 Resources for Game Based Learning « Writers Gateway Trackback on January 11, 2008 at 5:04 am

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