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Posted by TurtleGirl On November - 30 - 2011

Professor Brianno Coller, from Northern Illinois University decided teaching his students maths problems could sometimes be tedious when taught in the normal way. The professor decided he wanted his lessons with the students to be more constructive, so he’s using video games as a technique to address the problem at hand.
 

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I use games to, in some sense, throw away the textbook,” says Coller, 42, who played Lunar Lander and other video games as a kid. “My philosophy is that learning can be a burdensome chore or it can be an interesting journey.”
 

Around the country, pockets of faculty have been adding games to their courses as a way to stimulate learning. At Boston College, nursing students conduct forensics at a virtual crime scene. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a game called Melody Mixer teaches students how to read and compose music. Students at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pa., play World of Warcraft, a multiplayer online game, in a course on intelligence studies.
 

“I use games to, in some sense, throw away the textbook,” says Coller, 42, who played Lunar Lander and other video games as a kid. “My philosophy is that learning can be a burdensome chore or it can be an interesting journey.”
 

Around the country,various facilities have been adding games to their courses as a way to stimulate learning. At Boston College, nursing students conduct forensics at a virtual crime scene. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a game called Melody Mixer teaches students how to read and compose music. Students at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pa., play World of Warcraft, a multiplayer online game, in a course on intelligence studies. Game-based learning, which has been riding a wave of popularity in recent years, got a boost last November when it was touted as part of the U.S. Education Department’s new national technology plan.
 

At the end of the day, there’s no getting away from the fact that there are far more intuitive and more novel ideas on how new teaching structures can be used in the form of video games. The way is forward, which means video games are more than likely to become a more productive and futuristic teaching tool.
 

Via USA Today

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