Skip to 0 minutes and 2 seconds Game begin. How much do you know about video games? Would you consider yourself a gamer? When I was growing up, video games were considered, at best, a passing fad that was a distraction from the real world and something that our parents generally disapproved of. But no more. These days the games industry is worth billions, and video games are one of the most influential media formats in the world. In this open online course from the University of Sheffield, we’ll explore the value of video game playing in education and the wider world.
Skip to 0 minutes and 36 seconds We’ll speak to games designers, players, academics, educators, authors, folklorists, as well as the team behind the National Videogames Museum here in Sheffield, about what exactly makes video games so important, engaging, and a cultural force to be reckoned with. We’ll help dispel some of the myths and preconceptions around video games and look at how video game thinking, design, and gameplay are central to children and young people’s digital literacies. We will share case studies, research, and anecdotal experiences from those working at the forefront of video game design, as well as from the next generation of designers, and look ahead to what the future holds for this most exciting of digital technologies.
Skip to 1 minute and 22 seconds Digital literacies are increasingly important means of participating in a global society. This course is written and presented by academics from the School of Education and is directly connected to our taught masters on digital literacies, culture, and education. So come and join us, and learn about the fascinating world of digital literacies and video games in education. Game over.