Numerous studies have shown the educational benefits of the videogames can provide in an educational setting. Researchers from the Indiana University Center for Research on Learning and Technology have found that video games can be complex, decision making environments which demand participation and problem solving. Some experts believe that video games can provide enriching learning environments whether used for direct educational purposes or not.
Video games are often beneficial when trying to engage students in complicated material, or material that they would otherwise struggle with. New York University released a study last year explaining that video games can help promote competitive and collaborative “mastery mindsets” which can inspire an increased drive to learn. A recent study from the American Psychological Association discovered that video games can stimulate problem-solving skills and creativity in game players and students. The study also found that first-person shooter games can help developed spatial navigation skills, improve reaction times and decision making skills. Furthermore, the study found that losing at games fosters resilience in children and perseverance to achieve desired goals and accomplishments.
New efforts are focusing on empowering educational institutions to develop programs which facilitate the study of video games. Through studying video games, scholars can better understand the full impact of technology on individuals and communities, as well as facilitate digital technological advancements for educational and recreational usage. The campaign to increase video game oriented educational fields of study has steadily grown in recent years. Dozens of high education providers across the nation are joining the recently established Higher Education Video Game Alliance (HEVGA) in hopes of uncovering the full potential of video games for educational and entertainment purposes. Launched in early July 2014, the alliance’s mission is to create a platform for higher education leaders which will help emphasize the cultural, scientific, and economic importance of video game programs in colleges and universities. The founders of the HEVGA are dedicated to increasing tech literacy, creating high-tech job opportunities, and explore and analyze the industry for instructional purposes.
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