Brownbag: Experimental Projects in Designing Mobile Games for Language Learning

Date: 
Mon, 12/14/2015 - 12:00pm
Location: 
1418 Van Hise Hall

A Trans-Siberian Adventure (Russian)
Daria Aleeva and Liubov Kostyukova

Opernball: Exploring Vienna Now and Then (German)
Christine Evans and Julia Ruck 

Instructor: Dianna Murphy, Language Institute

Description: This semester, graduate students in this new teaching practicum explored conceptual frameworks for designing games for L2 learning based on goal-oriented activities that are situated in meaningful contexts (Reinhardt & Sykes, 2014). Using ARIS (http://arisgames.org), open-source software developed at UW-Madison to develop and play place-based mobile games on iOS devices (i.e., ipods, iphones, ipads), students then developed ideas for projects and sample activities for games that could be incorporated into college-level L2 courses. 

This brownbag will begin with a brief introduction to the emerging research on digital games for L2 teaching and learning, followed by presentations by students of their projects and a discussion of some of the challenges in carrying them out. There will were be lots of time for discussion. The session is open to instructors of all languages!

Bring your lunch. Coffee and dessert will be provided!

Contact: 
Dianna Murphy
Sponsor(s): 
Language Institute