Adaptive Learning for Educational Game Design

Reference, 2015

Educational computer games continue to overwhelm educators with design and development complexities, time, and cost and underwhelm learners regarding immersive, intuitive, and enjoyable game play. No complete model or comprehensive guideline for content development or game design previously existed for educators and game designers to follow in the creation of educational games that adapt to learners in real-time. This book documents the research resulting in the development and validation of the ALGAE (Adaptive Learning GAme dEsign) model, a comprehensive adaptive learning model based on game design theories and practices, instructional strategies, and adaptive models.

This research extends previous research in game design, instructional strategies, and adaptive learning, combining these three components into a single complex model. The results of this study include the validation and applicability of the ALGAE model, benefits and challenges of using the model, and insights regarding the focused and unfocused implementation approaches. The study also reveals the cross-industry applicability of the model to include government agencies, military units, game industry, and academia..


" ... outcomes of this study is the development of the ALGAE model for use by educators and game designers. Use of this model should facilitate the design and development of educational games that provide adaptive instruction to learners based on their real-time, in-game actions ... "

" ... The ALGAE model was developed based on review and analysis of instructional design strategies, adaptive learning models, and game design models and methodologies. Creation of this model started with the development of a consolidated instructional strategies model ... "

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