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From participatory to contributory simulations: changing the game in the classroom

Kreitmayer, Stefan; Rogers, Yvonne; Laney, Robin and Peake, Stephen (2012). From participatory to contributory simulations: changing the game in the classroom. In: Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 05-10 May 2012, Austin, Texas, USA, pp. 49–58.

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There is much potential for supporting collaborative learning with interactive computer simulations in formal education and professional training. A number of simulations have been developed for single user and remote interaction. In contrast, our research is concerned with how such learning activities can be designed to fit into co-located large group settings, such as whole classrooms. This paper reports on the iterative design process and two in-the-wild evaluations of the 4Decades game, which was developed for a whole classroom of students to engage with a climate simulation. The system allows students to play and change the rules of the simulation, thereby enabling them to be actively engaged at different levels. The notion of Contributory Simulations is proposed as an instructional model that empowers groups to make informed, critical changes to the underlying scientific model. We discuss how large-group collaboration was supported through constraining an ecology of shared devices and public displays.

Item Type: Conference Item
Copyright Holders: 2012 ACM
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Extra Information: CHI '12 Proceedings of the 2012 ACM annual conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
ISBN: 978-1-4503-1015-4
Keywords: contributory simulations; participatory simulations; ubiquitous computing; ambient displays; serious games; collaborative learning; tablets
Academic Unit/Department: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Computing and Communications
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
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Item ID: 33544
Depositing User: Stefan Kreitmayer
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2012 09:11
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 18:56
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