Seriously considering play: Designing interactive learning environments based on the blending of microworlds, simulations, and games

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Little attention has been given to the psychological and sociological value of play despite its many advantages to guiding the design of interactive multimedia learning environments for children and adults. This paper provides a brief overview of the history, research, and theory related to play. Research from education, psychology, and anthropology suggests that play is a powerful mediator for learning throughout a person's life. The time has come to couple the ever increasing processing capabilities of computers with the advantages of play. The design of hybrid interactive learning environments is suggested based on the constructivist concept of a microworld and supported with elements of both games and simulations.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Instructional TechnologyThe University of GeorgiaAthens

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