Using Games for Learning and Assessment

Online Course 1 semester hour graduate credit
Instructor: Dr. Susan Manning
Tuition and Registration
Summer: EDUC 646 960 July 6 - July 31, 2015
Fall: EDUC 646 900 September 28 - October 23, 2015

What You Will Learn

Integration of interactive games and simulations with the curriculum, implications for effective assessment. Use of games to support collaboration, problem-solving, decision-making and to increase motivation and engagement including benefits and drawbacks. (This course does not teach game design or use game design software.)

This course is an approved elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree program. NOTE: You may enroll in this course to meet your goals for professional development, license renewal, or to complete graduate credits and transfer the credit to another university. 

Who should enroll?

Designed for educators and trainers interested in experiencing game-based learning and assessment. Explore quests, incentives such as badges, the core tenants of game-based learning and how it supports the inquiry process. Get your game on and gamify learning!


McGonigal, Jane. Reality is Broken (2011), Penguin Press. ISBN: 1594202850
Available from Amazon  or Kindle Edition or Barnes & Noble
Additional web-based readings and media will be available within the course. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  1. Differentiate between various types of games and simulations and match with types of assessment techniques.

  2. Critically analyze and reflect on benefits and drawbacks of interactive games and simulations when determining the best assessment tool to match a curricular or training need.

  3. Collaborate with others using online tools and demonstrate how to locate, evaluate and select games or simulations for a specific instructional need.

  4. Create assessment action plans and field test interactive games or simulations and demonstrate ability to determine a curricular/training fit in instructional decision-making.

  5. Interpret assessment results of field tests and assess the effectiveness in supporting identified learner outcomes.


Alignment with Standards

Course objectives are aligned with the following:
Wisconsin Standards for Teacher Development and Licensure (WI DPI) 4, 7, 8,10
National Board for Professional Teaching Standard 3

No travel to campus is required. Because this class is asynchronous and open to you 24/7, you may participate from your home or work computer during hours that are best for your work and family schedule.

The class is highly interactive with a significant discussion component. All discussion postings, projects, and assignments will be submitted via the course discussion board and Dropbox. Activities are conducted according to a schedule with specific due dates each week.

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Our Students Say...

"The knowledge and tools I gained from UW Stout's "Games for Learning" course allowed me to implement a unique learning experience for my biology students involving cell parts and functions. 

I was able to apply what I had learned instantly by incorporating an educational online simulation into my cell unit, motivating my students to achieve the learning objectives as well as improving their test scores compared to years past!"
~ Ryan Brunswick,  Richmond, Illinois

"In the Games for Learning and Assessment course I was surprised at how much incentive the badges provided. It was fun to play, to achieve a 'level up', and to be communicating and discussing what you were learning at the same time.

I can see this kind of a course working for all age groups, especially 'babyboomers' like myself who thought online games were a waste of time. Boy, did I get a refreshingly enlightening wake-up call by taking this course ! Just Play, you'll enjoy it!"
~ Rick Gauger,  Knapp, Wisconsin 

"The Games Course took instructional design to a whole new level by the use of  learning tools that truly engage the learners.

I have enrolled in two of Susan's graduate E-learning Instructional Design courses at UW- Stout including her course on Games in Education (Badging). She is one of these best professors and teachers from whom I have the privilege to learn.

Her courses are extremely well designed, and she truly walks the walk. She knows how to design highly engaging online courses and models this for students in her courses."  
~ Joni Burgin ED. D., Superintendent, Grantsburg School District

"I am really enjoying the questing and badge earning course format. There are plenty of opportunities to collaborate and be social, but the individualized path that the learner can navigate and personal freedom of following interests through the course make this the best of both worlds. 

Very accommodating for multiple learning preferences."
~ Daniel Ritacco, Oakdale Minnesota

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Email: Online Professional Development
University of Wisconsin - Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751
Phone: 715-232-2693


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