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Serious Game To Explore Hydrology, Water Systems And Scientific Argumentation

Image credit: Mission HydroSci Serious Game by Adroit Studios Gaming Lab
Adroit Studios Gaming Lab, a game research and development facility at the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies, University of Missouri, launched last month.
Led by Co-Directors Joe Griffin and Justin Sigoloff, the team at Adroit is currently polishing and optimizing Mission HydroSci (MHS), a STEM-based video game that teaches middle school students about hydrology, water systems and scientific argumentationtowards meeting Next Generation Science Standards. The game has been deployed to 20 classrooms in 13 Missouri schools.
The game provides an active learning environment for meeting these learning objectives by engaging students in a narrative about needing to investigate water resources and use scientific argumentation to complete missions critical to the survival and accomplishments of the members of their scientific enterprise.
The enterprise is set on an earth-like planet in the future as the…
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Submission Details
How do I enter? It’s simple: review the qualifications to be sure that your game is eligible for the Challenge, read the SGS&C Official Rules and FAQs, and then complete your Intent to submit form by September 13.
Within two business days after form submission, SGS&C team members will create your team’s unique submission package with a Submission Checklist and links to all necessary submission materials, and an invite with further instructions will be sent to the email provided on the form.
Then, game and submission information are due by September 17.
Once I’ve submitted my game, then what? All submissions will be reviewed and scored along three major dimensions:
1.Technical (bug-free, runs well) 2.Instruction (pedagogy, learning) 3.Game play (enjoyment, engagement)
Bonus points may be awarded for creativity and innovation.
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Clark Aldrich To Kick Off Microlearning Design Conference's 2nd Day

If you are attending eLearning Guild's Microlearning Design Online Conference, you can join Clark Aldrich as he kicks off the second day, September 19, from 8:30 AM – 9:30AM PT, with the hot topic of Short Sims.

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Short Sims is a new approach to educational media that allows for the rapid development of right-sized content that is engaging. The methodology is new but based on two decades of research. It takes advantage of several tools that are widely available.

In this session, you will learn what a Short Sim is, whether Short Sims are the right approach in your organization, the project management around Short Sims, how to create your first Short Sim, and where to learn more.

If you want some background on Short Sims, just click on some recent coverage:
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$25 Billion Revenue For SG Or Learning Products With Elements Of Gameplay By 2024

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Serious Play Conference has just released Metaari’s 2019-2024 Global Game-Based Learning Market study, covering revenue for 11 serious game categories; market trends, companies investing and opportunities for publishers. According to Metaari, the worldwide five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for Game-Based Learning is a robust 33.2%, which suggests revenues will more than quadruple to more than $24 billion by 2024. This figure is significantly upward from the firm’s 2018 forecast.
Access the free Executive Overview and purchase the full report here
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With each passing year, the submissions grow more engaging and creative, and once the games are vetted, chosen finalists will exhibit at I/ITSEC, where all attendees are invited to play the games and vote for the coveted People’s Choice award.

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Image credit: Earth to Mars VR Serious Game
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Image credit: Earth-to-Mars VR Serious Game
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