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A portal to student learning: what instruction librarians can learn from video game design

Nicholas Schiller (Washington State University Vancouver, Vancouver, Washington, USA)

Reference Services Review

ISSN: 0090-7324

Article publication date: 14 November 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The paper aims to present a methodology for analyzing the pedagogical content of video games and to present the findings of one such analysis.

Design/methodology/approach

The pedagogical analysis presented here consists of three parts – an introduction to the new media of video games, a method for analyzing video games, and lastly, the results of analyzing the pedagogical content of the video game Portal.

Findings

The analysis uncovered significant pedagogical content and useful methodologies used in the design of the video game Portal.

Practical implications

The pedagogies and design methods used in the game Portal can help librarians engage and educate students of the gaming generation in information literacy tasks.

Originality/value

This paper provides a model for pedagogical analysis of the video game medium and practical techniques taken from an excellent representative of that medium.

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Citation

Schiller, N. (2008), "A portal to student learning: what instruction librarians can learn from video game design", Reference Services Review, Vol. 36 No. 4, pp. 351-365. https://doi.org/10.1108/00907320810920333

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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