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Friday, October 6 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Using Universal Design Learning and Game Design to Develop Game-Based Curricula

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This teach-in will explore the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework and how it applies to education. It will use game design concepts mapped to that framework to produce innovative classroom curricula for youth which make use of digital games. Dr. Gabrielle Rappolt-Schlichtmann Executive Director of EdTogether and former Director of Learning Science at CAST (developer of the UDL framework), joins Ludic Learning’s Paul Darvasi, a high school teacher who incorporates games in his classes; and Heidi McDonald, award-winning game designer and Creative Director for iThrive Games. The trio will help educators understand the importance and recommendations of the UDL framework, and demonstrate the ways that the inherent systems and features of digital games naturally express this mode. A series of case studies will be presented to provide tangible examples of how these concepts can be applied to educational practices with youth. Participants will then work in pairs to identify a specific teachable concept, and map out how they might use the UDL framework and its corresponding game attributes to arrive at a game-based teaching method for that particular concept. This teach-in will ideally help hesitant or inexperienced educators gain the knowledge and confidence to adopt games and game design principles.

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Heidi McDonald

Senior Creative Director, iThrive Games
iThrive is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting positive psychology practices in teens using the power of games. We fund new games, efficacy test new and existing games, and are producing resource materials for game developers who want to put positive psychology concepts... Read More →

Friday October 6, 2017 9:00am - 10:30am PDT
Pacific Ballroom B