Serious Games in higher education: Students’ perceptions – The case of School of French of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Krystalli, P., & Arvanitis, P. (2018). Serious Games in higher education: Students’ perceptions – The case of School of French of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Proceedings of 10th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies (EDULEARN 2018), Palma 02-04/7/2018, (pp. 7849-7855). Palma de Mallorca, Spain: International Academy of Technology, Education and Development (IATED). ISBN: 978-84-09-02709-5, ISSN: 2340-1117, doi: 10.21125/edulearn.2018

 

In recent times there has been a great evolution in the creation of educational games, known as Serious games (SGs). SGs are environments that were designed based on a playful approach to learning for educational purposes.

Empirical studies and research have shown that SGs can provide innovative and student-centered pedagogies to players and help them become autonomous learners. Furthermore, they can enhance students’ motivation and engage them in inductive experiential learning. The purpose of this paper is to present findings of a study that was carried out in the School of French of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and which explores our students’ perceptions of serious games.

Interdisciplinarity in virtual worlds: teaching approaches for acquiring a language-culture.

Arvanitis Panagiotis, Panagiotidis Panagiotis, Kigitsioglou-Vlachou Aikaterini (2014). 7th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, Seville - Spain, 17/11/2014-19/11/2014, CD-ROM, ICERI2014 Proceedings. p.3892-3901.

Virtual Worlds are among the fastest growing areas of web 2.0, as they dispose characteristics that promote the development of all kinds of applications not only for communication and entertainment, but for education, as well. This work highlights the importance of Virtual Worlds, their potential and their contribution to foreign language education and explores the perspectives for further exploitation. Virtual Worlds can be an important tool for the cooperative learning of a foreign language and culture, and can facilitate the acquisition of the target language, while also promoting interdisciplinarity through their multi-potential dimension. The present paper presents implementations of the use of Virtual Worlds for foreign language education through interdisciplinary approaches with particular emphasis on foreign language learning and culture.




 

 

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