Thursday, October 21, 2004

Serious Games: Experiential Learning Assessment Strategies 

All presentation slideshows will be available online within a few days at http://www.seriousgamessummit.com/.

David Williamson Shaffer

A powerful message:
Sophisticated skills such as medical training cannot be decomposed into a group of well-defined skills. Then their assessment cannot be captured by simple measures.

Skill-based training is then not a good vehicle for creating sophisticated knowledge. For Shaffer, problem-solving is about the mediation of conflicting interests, i.e. selecting the right question. Problem-solving is done within an epistemic frame defined by skills, identity, values and knowledge.

By allowing reflection in action, games are good at allowing this epistemic frame to evolve.

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