E-Infrastructures and E-Services on Developing Countries. First International ICST Conference, AFRICOM 2009, Maputo, Mozambique, December 3-4, 2009. Proceedings

Research Article

Fostering Learning through the Use of Argumentative Serious Games

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-642-12701-4_1,
        author={Markos Hatzitaskos and Nikos Karacapilidis},
        title={Fostering Learning through the Use of Argumentative Serious Games},
        proceedings={E-Infrastructures and E-Services on Developing Countries. First International ICST Conference, AFRICOM 2009, Maputo, Mozambique, December 3-4, 2009. Proceedings},
        proceedings_a={AFRICOMM},
        year={2012},
        month={5},
        keywords={e-Learning Argumentation Serious Games ICT Edutainment},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-642-12701-4_1}
    }
    
  • Markos Hatzitaskos
    Nikos Karacapilidis
    Year: 2012
    Fostering Learning through the Use of Argumentative Serious Games
    AFRICOMM
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-12701-4_1
Markos Hatzitaskos1,*, Nikos Karacapilidis1,*
  • 1: University of Patras
*Contact email: mhatzitaskos@gmail.com, nikos@mech.upatras.gr

Abstract

As broadly admitted in the related literature, argumentation can promote learning, teamwork and leadership skills. These skills are central to the future of both developed and developing countries; however, related work reveals that students have difficulties in creating logical arguments. Motivated by the above, this paper proposes an innovative learning technology that aims at supporting argumentation through the use of serious games. Serious games have been shown to engage and motivate users and can be built with limited resources in mind. We comment on the suitability of their features for argumentation purposes, and we discuss how their use on teaching argumentation can be beneficial.