Live Chat: Video games in higher education

By Rebecca Haizmann | Troy Record

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It may be trending now, but it also might be greater part of college education in the future. Dr. David Seelow from Excelsior College’s Center for Game and Simulation-Based Learning participated in a Live Chat on October 24 on the topic of video games in higher education.

Highlights include:

  • The average age of a gamer is mid 30s. Games are are used to motivate and engage students.
  • In a video game you play. You are active in some ways a co-creator of the game. This makes you a producer of knowledge, not a consumer.
  • Critical thinking demands constant practice in real situations that are reinforced. You cannot simply read, listen, and repeat. Administrators need to shift their thinking to accommodate deep learning.
  • There is growing interest in games as an occupation. Many colleges now offer  degree programs but the games themselves have not yet been a big part of  online learning. That will change soon.
  • Excelsior has also established a LinkedIn group, Gaming in Education (Excelsior College)