Can playing video games help develop graduate attributes?

Barr, M. (2013) Can playing video games help develop graduate attributes? In: 6th Annual University of Glasgow Learning and Teaching Conference, Glasgow, UK, 19 Apr 2013,

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The relevance of games to the development of graduate attributes might, to the inexperienced, appear insubstantial. But given the pervasive nature of the medium – the vast majority of current undergraduates will come to university having had some sort of games machine at home – it would be useful to understand to what extent modern video games can have a positive impact on our students. Is it time to recognise that participation in an active World of Warcraft guild is as at least as worthwhile an endeavour as playing for the University hockey team? If the answer to this question is 'yes', then perhaps video games can provide a novel and engaging means of embedding graduate attribute development in our institution’s curricular or extra-curricular provision.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Keywords:Video games, learning, graduate attributes, game-based learning
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Barr, Dr Matthew
Authors: Barr, M.
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Humanities > Information Studies
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