MONTICELLO, AR — Bryan Fendley, director of instructional technology and web services at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, was one of three professionals recently interviewed for an article that appears in the June 2016 edition of Campus Technology magazine.
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Fendley was interviewed for an article entitled “12 Tips For Gamifying A Course,” which featured advice from experts on incorporating digital games into the college classroom. Fendley, who has lectured at both national and international workshops on the use of video games in education,
is a long time judge of educational video games for The Software & Information Industry Association CoDDIE awards. At UAM, he has developed and taught courses on video game development.
According to Fendley, education is struggling to find ways to get students involved with learning and to accurately measure performance. “Video games give us a model to follow that many people have grown up with,” he explained.
Fendley thinks that video games for learning are misunderstood by many educators. “To be effective in developing educational video games, educators will need to team up with other experts, like instructional designers, and programmers,” he said. “From what I’ve has seen over the years as a CoDDIE award judge, companies specializing in educational video games have come a long way, but with so much more money to be made on the entertainment side of video games, educational games will probably not be a priority for the biggest names in the video game industry. That’s exactly why it’s so important for educators to understand what video games can teach us about learning. We have more ways to deliver knowledge now than in the past, we can’t just ignore that.”
Fendley stated that video games for learning are more common in K-12, but are gaining ground in higher education and professional trades.
For more information, contact Bryan Fendley at (870) 460-1663.
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