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Methods Workshop: Transformational Play


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In Thursday's Methods Workshop, Professor Cary Staples (School of Art) will introduce us to the design thinking process used to empower students to create a game where students seek language learning as the result of creating (and playing) an actual game. Games are contextualized, “pleasantly frustrating” problems that need to be solved. We will learn to (1) balance the importance of grammar learning with cultural and historical research, (2) balance design for information seeking and engagement, (3) represent unfamiliar content in a non-linear manner, and (4) define what it means to be successful in this new environment and how to assess success with new rubrics. We will also have a chance to explore Bonne Chance (www.playbonnechance.com), a French learning game created by UTK students for UTK students. Please join us in AMB 2 Thursday if you can! If you are unable to meet with us in person, please come to the LRC Facebook Page to join the livestream feed.