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LKL’s Niall Winters and Yishay Mor are involved in an EU-funded project to explore the issues surrounding the design and use of computer games in mathematics education.
Designing games for mathematics education is difficult because it requires integrating knowledge from many partners including mathematicians, game developers, software engineers, students, teachers and researchers. Providing a tool to help these partners in their design and use of games is critical. This project will develop tools called ‘learning patterns’ aimed at facilitating the design and deployment process.
Niall Winters, co-director of the project, says that “The take up of mathematics at upper secondary level is dropping. We need to find new ways of engaging students to explore the richness of the mathematical world. Investigating how we can design for learning, through the development of learning patterns, is a first step in the engagement process”.
Research Fellow Yishay Mor adds “We’re looking at learning as a multi-dimensional design problem. As such, our challenge is to synergize design knowledge from a broad range of fields. This is partly what led us to the need for learning patterns”.
The pan-European project, which is funded through the Kaleidoscope Network of Excellence, draws together researchers from the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, Greece, Italy and Sweden. For more information, please visit the project website: http://lp.noe-kaleidoscope.org, where you can download the first outcome, a literature review of the field.