EDCI 55600 - Computer and Video Game Design for Education

Format: Online
Duration: 8 weeks
Credits: 3 credits

Instructional professionals are starting to recognize the potential of computer and video games as learning tools. As this is a relatively new area of research, much remains to be learned about how to design them for the most effective outcomes. In this course, you will study learning, instructional design and game theories; explore educational video games firsthand; and apply your knowledge in a game design project.

What You’ll Learn in EDCI 55600
The focus of the course will be on two areas. The first area of focus is the learning, instructional design and game design theories that underlie effective and engaging educational computer and video games, which you will analyze through coursework and discussion. The second area of focus examines how to apply those theories within practical settings, which will culminate in your own design for an educational game.

Course Topics
Throughout this course, weekly topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Motivation, engagement and competition
  • The underlying rule-set of game design, development toolkits and design documents
  • Narrative and interactivity in games, and gender and player types
  • Interface design and testing
  • The future of educational games and their culture

Course Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of EDCI 55600 Computer and Video Game Design for Education, you will be able to:

  • Explain the history, concepts, terminology, culture and classification of educational video and computer games.
  • Find appropriate and relevant research on educational computer and video games.
  • Connect learning, instructional design and game design theories to the design of educational computer and video games.
  • Create a prototype of an educational computer or video game as part of a team.

*Disclaimer: Course content and outcomes may vary and are subject to change without notice.

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To learn more about the online MSEd in Learning Design and Technology curriculum from Purdue University, including Computer and Video Game Design for Education, call (877) 497-5851 to speak with an admissions advisor or request more information.