Educational Media and Technology Yearbook

Volume 36 of the series Educational Media and Technology Yearbook pp 127-138


An Instructional Design Approach to Effective Instructional Game Design and Assessment

  • Debbie Denise ReeseAffiliated withCenter for Educational Technologies, Wheeling Jesuit University Email author 

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CyGaMEs is a formalism for instructional game design that aligns an instructional game with targeted content. The CyGaMEs method derives from instructional design, cognitive science analogical reasoning, learning science, and game design theory. The author summarizes the theoretical foundations, introduces the method, describes the CyGaMEs assessment tools, and summarizes research that demonstrates how game-based technologies can be used to authentically assess knowledge growth as it occurs during game-based learning. The author argues that theoretically and empirically sound instructional design methods like CyGaMEs enhance the effectiveness of game-based learning and assessment.