Does it matter as long as they are reading?

Filling the pail

A couple of years ago, I was fortunate enough to listen to Jan Plass discuss how he used the principles of Cognitive Load Theory in the development of educational games. A few years prior, some research had been published suggesting that a group of students learnt more from a matched PowerPoint presentation than from playing a narrative educational game and so I put this to Plass. He suggested that this may be true for undergraduate psychology students but what if the alternative to a student playing an educational game was to not do anything educational at all? Surely, in this instance, the game would have value?

This is an excellent point and is, perhaps, something we can all agree on, whatever our educational philosophy. Doing something educational must always be better than doing nothing educational. If a student will simply not engage with a particular curriculum or mode of delivery…

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