NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Game Based Learning

EDUC 600




Instructor: Elizabeth Evans

Grading: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $395

Course Description:

Games afford educators an opportunity to engage learners in an immersive and interactive environment. Even though game-based learning requires knowledge, analysis, decision-making, and information management skills, games used in teaching and learning can be controversial. Often, games are associated with recreation and are often considered non-educational. In recent years, games are gaining acceptance in education. Based on research, writing, interaction, and game play, students will design a game and lesson plan for implementation in their classrooms.


Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Assess the history and current use of gaming in education.
  2. Evaluate elements of game design to enhance curriculum.
  3. Assess how identity is created and defined in gaming.
  4. Examine the relationship between gaming and literacy.
  5. Critique the impact of gaming on socialization skills. 


Readings will be provided online.

About The Instructor

Elizabeth Evans
Elizabeth Evans

In 2007, Elizabeth A. (Libby) Evans started the Games4Learning Initiative at University of North Carolina to help the campus community learn about how games might be applied to the teaching and learning process, to understand what research opportunities exist for educational games, and to help faculty create multidisciplinary partnerships around games and learning.  She was a recipient of the 2001 Office of the Provost Public Service Award for service to the university.


  • Coursework for Ph.D. in Information Science completed, UNC-Chapel Hill, 1998.
  • Master of Science in Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, August 1982.
  • Business data processing courses (COBOL), Durham Technical Institute, Durham, NC. Fall 1982-Winter 1983.
  • Bachelor of Arts in English and Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, May 1978. Dean's List.

**Registration Instructions:

  • Courses for Fall begin September 29 - December 14, 2014 

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.

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