Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Mobile Learning research project announced

The GATE Knowledge Transfer Project: Mobile Learning has just been officially announced! In this research project, in which I participate, we aim to improve and evaluate the learning results of mobile applications and games by addressing particular ways of storytelling, spatiality and online collaboration amongst players through social media. The project involves Utrecht University/GAP as well as 7scenes, developer of a mobile storytelling platform for smartphones.

From the GAP website research project description:

To use mobile applications and games for learning purposes an appropriate use of design principles for story-telling, spatial indication and social networks is indispensable. To improve learning results, stories have to be aptly integrated in game-play, maps have to be properly incorporated in the game and must be open for development by players, and social networks have to facilitate a sharing of learning results and processes.

More info on the research project van be found here. For the Utrecht University press release (in Dutch) go here.

Below is a video demonstration of the 7scenes platform.


Gamesandplay.org launched










The website of the Center for the Study of Digital Play and Games (Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht University), of which I am a staff researcher, is now live and can be found at gamesandplay.org. Have a look around!