Educational Uses of Role-Playing Games
This is a collection of articles which relate to the use of RPGs
in an educational context. In many ways, role-playing games are a
natural fit to education. A number of role-playing supplements
(particularly several in the GURPS series) seriously treat topics
in history and science, which have passionate players. However,
this aspect of games has been relatively neglected. Below I
have collected a number of links related to education and RPGs.
RPG Realism & Education (Added July 1, 2003)
- This is an essay I wrote on the topic of realism in RPG
design, and how it relates to education.
WWW Virtual Library --- Role Play and Role-Playing Games
- A collection of links on education through role-play and RPGs.
David Millians' "Games & Education"
- A blog by an elementary school teacher in Georgia,
who has produced various material including:
Abantey: The Roleplay Workshop
- An educational enrichment program in Oakland for children
ages 10 to 18, using role-playing in a custom system and
- A series of three role-playing games which were developed
within the Lutheran church in Sweden, which were intended
for use in confirmation courses.
Reflections on Gaming With the Younger Generation
- An essay by a high school math teacher, Mike Petty, who
used various games in an educational context.
Working Hard at Play
- An essay by game designer and education PhD student Gwendolyn Kestrel.
RPGs in the English as a Foreign Language Classroom
- An essay by Brian David Phillips (Department of English,
National Chengchi University). Brian has a number of other
RPG, gaming, and education essays on his site as well:
Communications: EFL RPG
Language Learning Benefits of Role Playing Games
Methodology for Using RPGs in English Conversation Classes
Card Based Games in the Classroom
The Game Design Project: Student-Generated Flash Games in the Classroom
Use of Role-Play Simulations in Teaching
Problem Based Learning: within a traditional teaching environment
PhD Education: where left and right brains meet?
Academic Gaming Review
- A small quarterly journal edited by Peter L. de Rosa which
covers freeware educational simulations, articles on using
classroom games, course materials, and website and game
John H. Kim <jhkim-at-darkshire-dot-net>
Last modified: Thu May 8 13:47:33 2008