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Serious Instructional Design: ID for Digital Simulations and Games PROCEEDINGS

, Simon Fraser University / Mink Hollow Media, Canada ; , University of Calgary, Canada

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Austin, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-92-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA


Digital simulations and games constitute a distinct category of learning intervention that calls for a tailor-made instructional design approach. This article will provide some background for that claim. A brief summary of several well-known I.D. models is presented as well as typical simulation and game design models. These are then combined to form the new synergistic design process model that takes into consideration key features of all three design disciplines, resulting in a new model uniquely adapted for the design of instructional simulations and games. The paper concludes with some lessons learned from first-hand experience designing simulations and games for instructional purposes.


Becker, K. & Parker, J. (2012). Serious Instructional Design: ID for Digital Simulations and Games. In P. Resta (Ed.), Proceedings of SITE 2012--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2480-2485). Austin, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 22, 2018 from .

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