11. Motivated Learning Through Production-Oriented Game Development

In: Games and Education: Designs in and for Learning

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Game-oriented learning has proven to have many possibilities for supporting better learning outcomes. Using the right educational or commercial games in the classroom has shown to be a great learning motivator. Now new development tools and supporting software have made it easier to build games. When students work with game development, they often end up in activities that are very similar or even identical to those done by professionals in the industry. Setting up a learning environment where education can simulate a real production of meaningful games, can give students experience and knowledge about all aspects connected to producing a purposeful game and might give students a new motivational support. This chapter is based on two experiments of Purposive Game Productions (PGP), conducted in 2014 and 2016. The learning environment was designed as a virtual game production team. The pedagogical approach is Problem-Based Learning (PBL) combined with a design-based learning strategy founded on a production-oriented game development, which did show successful results. The students have increased their motivation as well as developed special knowledge and experiences about game development, while getting an experience very close to a real professional production process. The PGP learning strategy seems both sufficient and demanding for the students. The chapter is finalized with a best practice framework including a list of requirements to consider when running a problem-based and production oriented project work based on game oriented learning.