Rules of Play: Design Elements of Addictive Online Learning Games

David Schaller, eduweb, USA

Games offer museums an appealing and increasingly popular format for engaging, meaningful learning experiences – but only if they’re good games. This workshop focuses on the craft of game design, exploring the elements of a game that will move us from the kinds of “game-like” interactives commonly found on museum Web sites into the realm of true games. With a firm understanding of these elements, we can design digital games that incorporate our content and create compelling, even addicting learning experiences for our audiences.

Setting technology aside, we will use paper prototyping methods to explore game elements and mechanics. Understanding these elements is essential to design an effective and engaging online games, but our focus will be on design principles, not on production aspects of online games.

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