- Hardcover: 576 pages
- Publisher: Pfeiffer; 1 edition (October 12, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0470462736
- ISBN-13: 978-0470462737
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1.4 x 9.3 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,656,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Complete Guide to Simulations and Serious Games
The Complete Guide to Simulations and Serious Games offers an encyclopedic overview and complete lexicon for those who care about the next generation of educational media. This is the essential reference for not only those directly involved in simulations and serious games, but also for researchers and writers, computer game designers, policy makers, and entrepreneurs.
Organized as a style guide, the book includes more than 600 easy-to-browse entries and definitions, divided into key topics with introductory essays highlighting essential concepts. Written by Clark Aldrichacclaimed educational simulation game designerthe book creates a unified view of capturing skills and knowledge and then developing them in others, through different uses of: computer interfaces, level design, bosses, dynamic systems, game elements, displays, units on maps, skill cones, feedback, assessment strategies, even balanced scorecards and artificial intelligence, just to name a few.
It balances tactical (what needs to go into a first level of a sim; what are questions to ask subject matter experts, how should programs be evaluated; when and how should coaches be used) to strategic (what is the difference between learning to know, learning to do, and learning to be; what does situational awareness look like when developing leadership or stewardship). In the spirit of Webster, Strunk and White, and Tufte, filled with helpful guidance and illustrative case studies, The Complete Guide to Simulations and Serious Games is the definitive "go-to" bookshelf reference for this generation.
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"Ready to blow your mind? Spend 15 seconds reading Clark Aldrich's The Complete Guide to Simulations and Serious Games. Witty, fast-paced, and non-linearit's Spock meets Alton Brown." Lynne Kenney, Psy.D., The Family Coach
The Complete Guide to Simulations and Serious Games
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"Yes, this is an encyclopedic overview of the simulations and serious gaming world, but it's far more important than a 'how-to' book. Aldrich is signaling the end of the age of Gutenberg. Aldrich takes direct aim at why the K-12 and higher education system are failingmyopically trapped in a nineeenth-century world of 'learning to know' in a twenty-first century world that requires the judgment and skills of 'learning to do.' Aldrich's revolution transforms the way we learn."
Jeff Sandefer, founder, the Acton School of Business
"Clark Aldrich provides his clear vision of how 'learning to do' will liberate us from our industrial education legacy that has for too long been shaped by outdated, linear, passive instruction. I recommend this book without reservation for anyone interested in the future of learning."
Don Williams, manager, global learning research, Microsoft Corporation
"This exhaustive guide to computer gaming and simulation points the way to a new, more powerful way of learning by doing. It is a must-reada must-read and studyfor those involved in education and journalism."
Bill Kovach, former Washington bureau chief of the New York Times, and former editor of the
"Aldrich has done it again. He provides an intuitive framework for those interested in (and perhaps overwhelmed by) simulations, games, and virtual worlds. Before you're halfway done with this book you'll be looking with a new perspective and set of competencies for creating interactive experiences."
Denis Saulnier, educational technology director, Harvard Business Publishing
"The Complete Guide sets the standard as the encyclopedia for serious games and simulations. In this comprehensive volume, Aldrich uses hundreds of examples for this new medium. If you want to stay at the forefront of education, this book is a must-have!"
Jerry Bush, program manager, Learning@ Cisco
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The last few chapters actually contain some useful discussion of the issues one needs to attend to in structuring a project and evaluating the results.
I believe the author is right in saying that educational simulations will play a huge role in the future, but this book will not provide the reader much help in getting there.
Additionally, Mr. Aldrich has given the serious games/simulations community a comprehensive lexicon; providing a mechanism for facilitating meaningful conversations on concepts, structures, and approaches.