On the Horizon: Volume 12 Issue 1


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Introduction: On the Horizon special issue

Drew Davidson

This special issue of On the Horizon focuses on strategies for applying games, simulations and interactive experiences in learning contexts. A facet of this issue is the…


Why create a media and game center?

Drew Davidson

Game centers are increasingly being started at various universities around the world. The paper explores and expounds on the incorporation of an official university center that…


The four slates of educational experiences

Clark Aldrich

Proposes that simulations teach timing and balance which is not possible to teach in a traditional manner through classrooms, books or films. States that these can be used to…

Practical barriers in using educational computer games

Simon Egenfeldt‐Nielsen

This paper outlines the barriers for using computer games in an educational setting by drawing on a study of a two‐month history course with the historical strategy game Europa


Making visible: using simulation and game environments across disciplines

Mindy Jackson

Simulation and game environments exemplify effective pedagogical principles; enable students to manipulate concepts, principles, systems and variables; and are applicable to…


Visual literacy and learning: finding some online territories for the slow learner

Donna Leishman

This paper is an attempt at uncovering some online practices that it is proposed utilise the age‐old lineages of the visual comic and cartoon, which can help one better understand…


Games/gaming/simulation in a new media (literature) classroom

Scott Rettberg

Discusses some practical issues involved in teaching new media studies in a literature classroom, focusing on the necessity of teaching literature students to consider the…


Cyborg dreams: from ergodics to electracy

Jenny Weight

This paper speculatively explores some of wider ramifications of introducing computer‐based media into the academy, both as a teaching tool and as a type of media for study in its…


Proposal for educational software development sites: an open source tool to create the learning software we need

Marc Prensky

Argues that to get educational software that is state‐of‐the‐art along all dimensions, works together, and is free to users, one must involve the “world mind” and open source…

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